The least of these : Paul and the marginalized / Carla Swafford Works ; foreword by Todd D. Still.

By: Works, Carla Swafford, 1976-
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2020Description: xvi, 205 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0802874460 (pbk.); 9780802874467 (pbk.)Subject(s): Bible. Epistles of Paul -- Theology | Marginality, Social -- Biblical teachingDDC classification: 227/.06 LOC classification: BS2652 | .W67 2019
Contents:
Paul and poverty -- Paul and slavery -- Women and the Pauline mission -- The Galatian heirs -- The church as the least of these? -- Paul as the least of these? -- Good news for the least of these.
Summary: Jesus cared for the least, but did Paul? The apostle Paul has a reputation for being detached from the concerns of the poor and powerless. In this book, Carla Swafford Works demonstrates that Paul's message and ministry are in harmony with the teaching of Jesus. She brings to light an apostle who preaches and models good news to the least of these; the poor, the marginalized, the disadvantaged, and the vulnerable. The Least of These begins by highlighting the presence of the marginalized in Paul's ministry by looking at poverty in Paul's churches, the involvement of slaves and freedpersons in the community, and the role of women in the Pauline mission. Works then examines the significance of the marginalized in Pauline theology by investigating how the apostle employs metaphors of the Least. Like Jesus, Paul cared deeply for people at the margins. Paul's ministry is consistent with that of Jesus. Both men cared for the poor. Paul served the least in his mission, modeling his apostolic ministry after the cross of Christ. Works shows that Paul, far from being an abstract thinker, was a practical theologian teaching a message and leading a life of compassion, kindness, and care.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-188) and indexes.

Paul and poverty -- Paul and slavery -- Women and the Pauline mission -- The Galatian heirs -- The church as the least of these? -- Paul as the least of these? -- Good news for the least of these.

Jesus cared for the least, but did Paul? The apostle Paul has a reputation for being detached from the concerns of the poor and powerless. In this book, Carla Swafford Works demonstrates that Paul's message and ministry are in harmony with the teaching of Jesus. She brings to light an apostle who preaches and models good news to the least of these; the poor, the marginalized, the disadvantaged, and the vulnerable. The Least of These begins by highlighting the presence of the marginalized in Paul's ministry by looking at poverty in Paul's churches, the involvement of slaves and freedpersons in the community, and the role of women in the Pauline mission. Works then examines the significance of the marginalized in Pauline theology by investigating how the apostle employs metaphors of the Least. Like Jesus, Paul cared deeply for people at the margins. Paul's ministry is consistent with that of Jesus. Both men cared for the poor. Paul served the least in his mission, modeling his apostolic ministry after the cross of Christ. Works shows that Paul, far from being an abstract thinker, was a practical theologian teaching a message and leading a life of compassion, kindness, and care.

Comment by Tonya M.
06/10/2020

The Book of the Week for 6/10/20, is "The Least of These: Paul and the Marginalized" by Carla Swafford Works

Carla Swafford Works has thoughtfully crafted a work that delves into both the pathology and ministry of Paul and his relatedness to the "other". Works has a solid grasp of the content and uses her theological background as an associate professor of New Testament studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. to land very complex theological debates around Pauline pathology regarding marginalized groups. There is an overarching theme to which Works sums up Pauline conviction incredibly, "God is not a creator of uniformity but diversity." Very good read

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