Bewildered by economics? Love the Gospels? How about mixing a little modern micro & macro (economics) in with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John’s?
This study is close to ten years in the making and hopes to help bridge the gap between Jesus the man and his more metaphysical side. Exploring the world as Jesus might have – through His eyes - and lips. Not so much as the Son of God, but rather just a son. Then relating that point of view back to our current times – to our personal lives. It’s amazing how one can see themselves living quite well with just the things (and services, of course) we find there.
As one would expect there are some things missing - like wheeled vehicles for instance. Not a one is found - not a chariot, no wagons, no carts, nothing with a wheel at all. Not surprising when one considers that Jesus generally got around one of two ways that we can see: by boat or by foot (or the occasional colt/donkey).
The study scours the Gospels for economic activity and presents it over 20+ chapters (lots of whitespace) in a quick read that lays out familiar Gospel passages that just happen to be packed with economic references. For instance:
Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building…Luke 17:28
The Eco In the Gospels Project (EcoInTheGospels.org)
We’ve been using the study in the classroom at the National Theological College in Nepal since 2016. Teaching economics is generally not a high priority for future clergy so learning through the Gospel passages in a quasi-classroom/-fellowship atmosphere makes it feel like they aren’t learning anything at all! Just reading the Gospels.
The same thing happened with the Ladies of St. Luke’s classes last summer, which were videotaped over two months, and which are the basis for the study’s video course.
We look forward to bringing this new way of examining the world’s most well-known stories, from a fresh lens - a theology infused Econ 101 if you like.
We can use a bit of Zoom fellowship as the course is made available over the coming months, one segment at a time beginning July 12th .
The EITG project includes the following:
A study of the economic activity in the first four books of the New Testament, this little book presents a view of the Gospel Economy and with it analogies to current day mixed economies and Capitalism. It is meant to paint a picture of Jesus and his followers as economic participants in the Roman society they found themselves. In so doing, it is a presentation of Jesus as a man rarely, if ever, examined.
Click here to find it on Amazon.com.
The Video Course
A 10-part online video course is coming July 12th. Stay tuned as we bring the EITG study to life in a Bible Study setting with the Ladies of St. Luke’s!
A new online destination for materials, content, fellowship, links, and all things related to Economics in the Gospels. Check it out now at EcoInTheGospels.org.
A new blog? Yes and no. The blog is brand new though many prior posts will be reposted here as they have long since expired in cyber land. Going forward there will be new posts to provide a bit of color and collateral materials driven by the video coursework. It began last week with our resurrected post on the Gospels and Ferguson. Click here to go!