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Seek The Welfare Of The City: Christians as Benefactors and Citizens [Paperback]

Bruce W. Winter

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Nov. 15 1994 First-Century Christians in the Graeco-Roman World
In this book, Bruce W. Winter maps out the role and obligations of Christians as benefactors and citizens in their society. Winter's scholarly insight is enhanced through the selective use of important ancient literary and nonliterary sources. Contrary to the popular perception that early Christians withdrew from society and sought to maintain a low profile, this outstanding study explores the complexities of the positive commitments made by Christians in Gentile regions of the Roman empire.

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (Nov. 15 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802840914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802840912
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Insightful May 8 2000
By rltimsjr@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having studied under Bruce Winter for over a year, I can say with great confidence that few match his zeal for matching scholarly work with pastoral application. This book clearly outlines the historical contexts of key passages that in term help one to know the Word of God and preach the Word of God with effectiveness. One can only appreciate Winter's tremendous efforts in this text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and informed April 6 2006
By R. Watts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Winter is well-known for his long years of careful study in this field. Consistent with Rodney Stark's more popular work, Winter strengthens the argument that from very early on the Christian movement included well-placed and well-heeled members of society and adds his own strong case that far from abandoning the city they were encouraged to contribute to its well-being. An important, well-crafted, and carefully argued book. Highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging the City Oct. 3 2006
By PK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bruce Winter's Seek the Welfare of the City makes the convincing case that--biblically speaking and historically so--Christians were expected to engage the societies in which they lived--to the degree they could--to help upbuild them and provide benefactions to them. In this sense, the book bridges eschatology and ethics, as it becomes easier to understand how, by seeking the welfare of the cities and towns in which they live, Christians witness to the sovereignty and goodness of God over all the creation. When secular rulers acknowledge the benefaction of Christians, these same rulers witness to the lordship of Christ, even as they may remain unware of it.

I also highly recommend After Paul Left Corinth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A literary time machine Dec 10 2012
By Paul F Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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Knowing "what" a writer said is only half of understanding. Knowing "why?" he said it is the other half. To understand 'why' the reader is well-served by authors who can transport him back to the moment of the things said or done, as this book does so well. Be prepared to increase your knowledge exponentially very quickly. The information is worth far far more than the price of the work!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan May 5 2014
By malebo - Published on Amazon.com
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I was personally not a fan of the book or my other classmates, however if you are doing research and you need a reliable source fo historical information this book is good.

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