Christian Generosity according to 2 Corinthians 8–9

by Viateur Habarurema

The social and religious phenomenon popularly known as the “prosperity gospel” has made huge inroads in sub-Saharan Africa and raises many questions surrounding Christian giving. In this book, Dr Habarurema applies biblical scholarship, historical enquiry and contemporaneous analysis to generosity and financial reward in 2 Corinthians 8–9, as well as to the prosperity gospel movement. With a clear focus on the concepts of divine charis and autarkeia, this study provides insight into the apostle Paul’s exhortations to care for the poor and vulnerable in society as a manifestation by the church of God’s compassion and grace. The author concludes with a series of hermeneutical and theological recommendations to promote a reading which is faithful to Paul’s thoughts in 2 Corinthians 8–9, fully integrated in Paul’s overall theology, and welcoming insights provided by Pentecostal hermeneutics.


About the Author

VIATEUR HABARUREMA holds a PhD in New Testament Studies from Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam-Groningen, Netherlands. He is currently a full-time lecturer of New Testament and Greek within the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Protestant University of Rwanda. He also serves as a part-time assistant pastor in a congregation within the Pentecostal Church of Rwanda-ADEPR. Viateur and his wife, Enatha, have four children: Délices, Emérance, Blessing and Elpis.

Book Information

  • Author: Viateur Habarurema
  • ISBN: 9781783682607
  • Category: Academic
  • Region: Africa, World
  • Publisher: Langham Publishing
  • Publishing Date: 04/30/2017
  • Number of Pages: 372



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