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“For Paul, the meeting of Gal 2:1-10 resulted in the affirmation that the Jesus-movement in all of its indigenous forms was to be marked out by concern for the poor. We have no reason to think that he gave his assent to this begrudgingly, as if it verged on “salvation by human works” or a “social gospel” or “Marxist revolution.”Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World Instead, he gave his assent wholeheartedly, having already been wholly committed to this task precisely because it lay at the very heart of his gospel of transformation-through-grace. Paul knew from Israel’s scriptures that the deity of Israel had staked his own reputation as the cosmic sovereign to the overthrowing of unjust systems and the refreshment of the disadvantaged; and Paul probably knew from early remembrances of the Jesus-movement that Jesus himself had invoked the Isaianic narrative to encapsulate his own kingdom-message of “good news to the poor”… [C]are for the poor within groups of Jesus-followers has a solid place within Paul’s own theology of corporate enlivenment by the Spirit of the sovereign deity of Israel. If “remember the poor” is not simply “church politics,” neither does it represent a dubious, second-rate theology. It lies at the very core of Judaeo-Christian tradition, having been showcased in Israel’s scriptures, in Jesus’ proclamation and ministry, and in the best practices of the early Jesus-movement — including those Jesus-followers whose corporate life had been established and nutured by Paul.”

– Bruce Longenecker, Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2010), 205.

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