Wealth and Property in Earliest Christianity: Facts on the Ground

Business & Theology Dr. Luke T. Johnson

 The New Testament is full of ideals concerning the use of possessions: abandoning all things, giving alms, sharing in common, working for the needs of others. But what were the actual circumstances of those to whom these ideals were addressed? This presentation seeks to provide some clarity about the economic conditions of early Christians.

Dr. Luke T. Johnson


Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson received his M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University in 1970, a M.Div. in Theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology in 1970, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University in 1976. He has taught at Saint Meinrad, Saint Joseph Seminary College, Yale Divinity School and Indiana University. His research is primarily concerned with the literary, moral and religious dimensions of the New Testament, including the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity, Luke & Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James. Dr. Johnson has multiple scholarly articles and more than 25 books published. He received the prestigious 2011 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his most recent book, Among the Gentiles: Greco-Romas Religion and Christianity (2009, Yale University Press). A former Benedictine monk, Dr. Johnson is a member of several editorial and advisory boards, and a senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.


Dates & Locations

 Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:30am-1:3pm - The Minneapolis Club, 729 2nd Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN

Limited Seating, registration required:  Lunch $20 (non-refundable); fee for parking -about $8 or less - cash only


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