What did the authors of the New Testament really teach about ministering to marginalized and oppressed people? Why do so many Biblical commentaries and explanations ignore or give only superficial treatment to these difficult questions now confronting the church? Should we be conducting specialized research and obtain enough information to form satisfactory answers on each of these subjects?
Finally, in one book Tom Hanks gathers the fruit of years of study, examining each book of the New Testament in terms of what it says about marginalized and oppressed peoples and discussing the subject of liberation for each of these groups.
Based on pioneering studies of the marginalization, oppression and poverty of people in light of biblical theology and of his academic work, the author reviews a variety of minority groups, including the diseased, eunuchs, slaves, the disabled, Jews, homosexuals, sexual minorities, women, the poor, prostitutes, the unmarried, widows, and various other groups, analyzing them both exegetically and socially in the context of the New Testament.
The author penetrates the soul of the biblical text with passion, decisiveness, enthusiasm, and even humor, and with careful erudition and imaginative readings of the Scriptures, he daringly restores to Christianity a biblical view of poverty, which he attributes to marginalization and oppression, and he also talks about the diversity of Christian answers that may bring about liberation.
Tom Hanks offers to readers a new and refreshing point of view in reading the New Testament, in many cases providing a focus that is not very conventional, orthodox or traditional. Without denying the existence of disagreements and differences of opinion regarding the author’s perspective on these groups, this book can be said to provide the most comprehensive and well-documented monograph on the subject of marginalized and oppressed peoples.
Although this book is structured in canonical order, it can also be read in chronological order. This book includes a general and subject index that enhances this book’s usefulness for study and research, and also includes a large bibliography on the subjects discussed.