By Thomas R. Blanton
The alternate of presents is a basic a part of society and a foundational aspect in Greco-Roman religions. Combining theories of reward alternate, either glossy and Greco-Roman, Thomas Blanton unearths how non secular discourse—in the guise of “spiritual presents” believed to return from Israel’s god—is instrumental within the formation of sociopolitical hierarchies and the task of honor and status. Blanton makes use of an interdisciplinary process that comes with faith, classics, sociology, and anthropology to enquire the economic system of present trade proven in Paul’s letters.
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A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus (Synkrisis) by Thomas R. Blanton