Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands, 2nd ed.

Eerdmans, 2011
ISBN: 9780802803993

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Respected scholar Luke Timothy Johnson challenges Christians to change the way they regard their worldly goods. He writes, “this book is written as an exercise in theological reflection on one of the knottiest questions imaginable: the connection between being a Christian and the way we own and use things. . . . When we turn to thinking about money and possessions, we find ourselves in murky waters. The things we own and use, like our sexuality, lie close to the bone of our individual and collective sense of identity.”

Stepping purposefully into the “murky waters” of owning and sharing, Johnson endeavors to define the slippery concept of human possession—especially in relation to God’s divine ownership—and to unpack the Bible’s teaching on the mystery of human possessing and possessiveness.

This second edition, reflecting 30 years of Johnson’s further thinking on the subject, features chapters expanded with fresh insights, helpful new study questions, and a substantial new epilogue.

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Check out more of Johnson’s work with The Writings of the New Testament.

Key Features

  • Challenges common assumptions about physical ownership
  • Examines biblical teaching on possessions and their relation to human existence from a Christian worldview
  • Presents the expanded second edition with fresh insights
  • Includes study questions for each chapter


  • Searching for a Mandate
  • Toward a Theological Understanding of Possessions
  • Sharing Possessions: Mandate and Symbol of Faith
  • Critical Observations on the Community of Goods and Almsgiving
  • Epilogue
  • Study Questions
  • Study Questions

Praise for the Print Edition

All who found in Luke Johnson’s treatment of possessions as part of the mystery of human existence a deeper and more fruitful approach to the ‘problems’ of wealth and poverty will find in this new edition continued critical reflection and fresh insight. Those for whom this is a first encounter will find out what made it worth reissuing after 30 years.

—Sondra Ely Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Seminary

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About Luke Timothy Johnson

Luke Timothy Johnson is R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. His books include The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters and Brother of Jesus, Friend of God: Studies in the Letter of James. He is the winner of the 2011 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity.

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