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This book examines the jubilee economic ideas taught in the Hebrew Jehovah texts:

1. All slaves should be released every seventh (Jubilee) year.
2. All debts should be forgiven every seventh (Jubilee) year.
3. No person should be required to work more than 6 days a week.
4. Possessions such as land, money, food, houses, should be returned to the larger community during the 7th
Paperback, 71 pages
Published September 2001 by Tell the Word (first published 2001)
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“We read the gospel as if we had no money, and spend our money as if we know nothing of the gospel.”

With this quote from theologian John Haughey, Ched Myers begins a journey through the scriptures to discover an alternative economics. An alternative to a system that leaves 800 million people hungry while urging us to consume endlessly, accumulate desperately and borrow recklessly.

The Biblic
I had high hopes for this, but like many religious views, it resides in the cramped world of ancient tradition: "What did Paul say about such and such?" "Maybe the parable actually meant thus and so!" It's also not a book, but a disjointed pamphlet of short articles, some of them dubiously argued.

Before any commenter condemns me to hell, allow me to point out some of the problems here: inequality is an inevitable result of nature. I will never be the world's greatest jockey or a champion shot-p
In this small book (70 pages), Myers lays out the Biblical case for Sabbath Economics based on the principles of Jubilee articulated in Leviticus 25. What Myers shows is that a Jubilee perspective pervaded the ministries of both Jesus and Paul, and that terms such as "grace" and "forgiveness" are not only spiritual in meaning, but also have an economic dimension. Myers references several other authors who provide a clear understanding of the socio-economic and political context of the Biblical s ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Stacey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians who want to be challenged with their economic resources
Recommended to Stacey by: Michaelanne
I thouroughly enjoyed the journey this book led through the scriptures. I know more of Christ now then I did when I started, I am also challenged in many ways, and am left wondering, "what next? How should I then live?"

Myers begins with a quote from theologian John Haughey, "We read the Gospel as if we had no money, and we spend our money as if we know nothing of the Gospel."

Myers interpretations of the parable of the talents is compelling. What was Christ saying, in light of his society's view
Some really interesting things to think about and some new thoughts on parables that we think we know. Definitely recommend this if you can get your hands on it.
A set of essays on economics in God’s kingdom, reflecting particularly on what regular debt forgiveness and repatriation of land would mean in today’s society. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s an excellent introduction for those interested in the topic.
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What I learned from this book is that God has laid out a nonviolent economy, that if followed would allow for human innovation & material success but would also never allow for humans to live in poverty, debt or slavery for very long.
this is a great overview of ched myers' vision of biblical sabbath economics. i'm not sure how well it would work as a group discussion for folks who were not already on board with his ideas, but for those who are, it is awesome.
if this book was even partially attempted to be lived out--the whole world would change.
Food for thought.
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