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The impact of the economic system on social and labour relations in the early church as revealed in the letter of James

Dirk G. van der Merwe
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 33, No 1 | a691 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.691 | © 2012 Dirk G. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 October 2011 | Published: 17 September 2012

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The Letter of James addresses the dichotomy between the socioeconomic classes of the rich (πλούσιος) and the poor (πτωχὸς). This research reveals the social and labour relations resulting from this dichotomy and the wealth of socioeconomic data contained in this letter. The rich are alerted to the consequences of their unrighteousness towards the poor, and the poor receive exhortations of encouragement. The metaphoric use of


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