Special Issue "Poverty and Wealth in Biblical and Global Contexts"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Wafawanaka

School of Theology, Virginia Union University, 1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
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Interests: Poverty and Wealth issues in the Bible and in global context; Religions, Ethics, and Morality; Social Justice and Peace studies; Multi-Culturalism, Ethnicity, Race Relations; Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation; Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation; Technology and Online Teaching and Learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The problem of poverty and wealth is a timeless issue and it does not seem that it will be rooted out in our lifetime. Much research and writing has been done on this subject from antiquity to the present. Biblical scholars, social scientists, ethicists, justice seekers, peace advocates, and many others, have wrestled with this problem in different ways. The various contexts of investigation range from ancient Near Eastern studies, Hebrew Bible, New Testament, through the contemporary world. Even in the United States of America, the “War on Poverty” begun some fifty years ago seems to be worsening. How could such a war be lost in the richest nation on Earth? How is poverty a predominant issue in global context where the majority of people survive on less than a dollar or two a day? Why does poverty proliferate in an increasingly technological and interconnected world? The focus of this issue is to outline and clarify the history of poverty and wealth in these various broad contexts and provide some possible solutions.

The papers submitted will expand on current research on the intersection of wealth and poverty in biblical and global contexts. The goal is to provide a wide area of research in order to marshal various approaches, responses, and solutions to the persistent issue of poverty and wealth. Perhaps by putting our heads together, we can identify some of the common issues, problems, and hopefully solutions. Accepted papers will focus on the following areas of research: Poverty and wealth in the biblical world; poverty and wealth in the contemporary world; some viable responses and solutions to the problem of poverty and wealth in the contemporary world.

Prof. Dr. Robert Wafawanaka
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Poverty
  • the poor
  • wealth
  • ancient economy
  • Bible and poverty
  • Bible and wealth
  • social justice
  • ethics and morality
  • oppression
  • debt
  • slavery
  • economic systems
  • extraction
  • global poverty

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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