The Ancient Economy of Favours and the New Testament

How did people in the Greco-Roman world, the era to which the New Testament belonged, get what they wanted? Living in modern consumer driven economies you might think the same thing happened then. In fact a totally different system, one of patronage, ran the ancient world. Dr David A. deSilva digs into this strange, even shocking, economy of favours and returns.

For more information you can read this booklet written by Dr deSilva or for the full treatment on the subject you can read his book Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity (IVP Academic, 2000.)

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