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The Early History of Greed: The Sin of Avarice in Early Medieval Thought and Literature
In this full-length study of the early history of greed Richard Newhauser challenges the traditional view that avarice only became a dominant sin with the rise of a money economy. He shows that avaritia, the sin of greed for possessions, was dominant in a wide range of theological and literary texts from the first century CE, and that by the early Middle Ages avarice ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 26th 2004 by Cambridge University Press
(first published April 19th 1996)
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Christians have long struggled with the application of the NT’s teaching on the love of money and Jesus’ admonitions to sell (or leave) all and follow him. Newhauser charts the varying attempts from the late second century’s Shepherd of Hermas through the early Middle Ages. He notes the expansion of the concept of avarice from merely the love of money to the desire to accumulate non-monetary and non-material goods. With meticulous attention to detail he examines the works of major and lesser ...more