Category: Theological Resources

Moses, Modern Finance and Poverty (Conclusion)

By Klaus Issler; part three of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. When friends learned I was studying lending in the Old Testament, some asked: What about “payday loans”? Let’s see how the Old Testament’s teaching about loan ethics applies to this controversial practice. As we have seen, one component of Old Testament generosity for the working poor is loans to…

Moses, Modern Finance and Poverty (Part 2)

By Klaus Issler; part two of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. What implications can be drawn from the Old Testament Torah teaching on lending and interest passages (Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-36, and Deuteronomy 23:19-20)? The previous article in this series showed how access to loans without interest is an important component of generosity and compassion for the working poor in…

Moses, Modern Finance and Poverty

By Klaus Issler; part one of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The question of what the Old Testament has to say about lending money at interest has engaged the attention of Bible scholars for centuries. In a recent series of articles, I presented a case that the three passages in the Torah on lending money at interest (Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-36 and Deuteronomy…

Helping that Helps: Six Principles for Poverty Alleviation

By Brian Fikkert; reprinted from Made to Flourish, by permission of The Chalmers Center. At the Chalmers Center, we long to see people who are struggling with material poverty restored to all that God has created them to be as his image-bearers. That’s why we work to equip churches and related ministries to more effectively walk alongside people living in…

The Four Mondays of Advent

By Meryl Herr; excerpted from The Four Mondays of Advent: Daily Meditations on Faith and Work.   Editor’s note: This week only, The Four Mondays of Advent is available at the special introductory price of $2.99; the price goes up on November 12.   Peace “For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For…

Interest on Loans in the Old Testament, Conclusion

By Klaus Issler; part four of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Three main passages in the Torah address the topic of lending and interest: Exodus 22:25: If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor…you shall not exact interest from him. Leviticus 25:35 and 37: If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with…