By Thomas R. Blanton
The trade of presents is a primary a part of society and a foundational point in Greco-Roman religions. Combining theories of reward alternate, either sleek and Greco-Roman, Thomas Blanton finds 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 project of honor and status. Blanton makes use of an interdisciplinary technique that includes faith, classics, sociology, and anthropology to enquire the economic climate 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