Did I just hear him say, ‘Go sell all, give to the poor, and follow me?’

2 thoughts on “Did I just hear him say, ‘Go sell all, give to the poor, and follow me?’”

  1. I have noticed that there is a lot of stuff by Brian J. Capper on this theme, really very in-depth attempts to get at what was going on in Jesus’ day in terms of the crisis of subsistence – getting enough to eat – in traditional agricultural societies, including especially his theory that seriously property-sharing communities operate to make sure all get enough to eat and anticipate monasticism later on in Christianity, the turn to a devout life of a very intense type making an identification with the really poor and also serving them in giving food and meals, offering health care and adopting the children of the very poor so they have life possibilities through training and protection in monk-communities and convents. He has a page in academia.edu with loads of connections to work through in the history including local proximity in the Jerusalem area with two Essene locations he thinks are especially significant for understanding John’s Gospel and the poor. Very specialised stuff and I wonder why he has not written a book showing ow it all fits together.

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