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Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice

Owning and Consuming, 1st Edition

By Paul Babie, Michael Trainor


148 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book compares our contemporary preoccupation with ownership and consumption with the role of property and possessions in the biblical world, contending that Christian theology provides a valuable entry point to discussing the issue of private property—a neoliberal tool with the capacity to shape the world in which we live by exercising control over the planet’s resources.

Babie and Trainor draw on the teaching on property and possessions of Jesus of Nazareth. They demonstrate how subsequent members of the Jesus movement—the writers of early collection of Jesus sayings (called ‘Q’), and the gospels of Mark and Luke—reformulated Jesus’ teaching for different contexts that was radical and challenging for their own day. Their view of wealth and possessions continues today to be as relevant as ever. By placing the insights of the Galilean Jesus and the early Jesus movement into conversation with contemporary views on private property and consumer culture, the authors develop legal, philosophical and theological insights, what they describe as ‘seven theses’, into how our desire for ethical living fares in the neoliberal marketplace.


"Babie and Trainor bring together various fields—economics, politics, religion (biblical studies), law—to examine questions of ownership and consumption and the choices we make to use, consume, change, mold and shape the world in which we live. They challenge contemporary readers to move from a self-focus to consideration of the other for the good of all." – Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, USA

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Neoliberalism Conceived: Politics, Economics and Law

3 The First Century Roman-Mediterranean Marketplace

4 Neoliberalism Deployed: Private Property

5 Wealth and Property in the Jesus Movement

6 Conclusion

About the Authors


Paul T Babie

The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Paul Babie holds a Personal Chair of Law in the Adelaide Law School of The University of Adelaide.

Michael Trainor is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University, Adelaide.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Religion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / History & Culture
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General