In Stone and Story

Early Christianity in the Roman World

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Chapter 14: Business & Success

Class Activities

Design a version of Monopoly that reflects Paul’s understanding of how finances ought to be used by and for communities of Jesus-followers. How might Paul’s version of the game be adjusted by the author of James or the author of Revelation?

Discussion Questions

  1. A variety of voices can be heard within the New Testament regarding economic issues. Discuss the spread of voices regarding wealth and poverty. Discuss the spread of voices regarding engagement in the broader socio-economic structures. How do these voices compare to other voices today?
  2. Chapter 14 of In Stone and Story uses Paul’s encounter with the silversmiths of Ephesus to illustrate how early Christian devotion engaged with the surrounding cultures. Using your knowledge of Paul, how might he respond to contentious financial and economic issues today (e.g., payday lending institutions, casinos, corporate exploitation)?