Social justice folks need to read this; those nervous about social justice folks also need to read this book: Tight Fists or Open Hands?: Wealth and Poverty in Old Testament Law
. Why? This is a careful, descriptive, and fair-minded examination of what the Old Testament says about all the things that concern anyone concerned about social justice concerns. That is, David L. Baker (the Australian David Baker), examines each of these themes over against their Ancient Near Eastern contexts:
Alongside David L. Baker’s book, I now have Brian Rosner, Greed As Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor
. Greed has become a more common topic, and it is being connected more and more with idolatry in a world where the economy — stimulated and propped up too much by greed — is in shambles and teetering. So, a book like Rosner’s is much needed.