Land, Credit and Crisis presents a new understanding of the
financial culture of the Bible. Biblical Palestine was
characterized by an over-abundance of arable land combined with a
chronic lack of manpower and agricultural credit. These
circumstances account for much contemporary prophetic fulminating
against merchants and the rich. The book's close examination of the
three pillars of the biblical financial system - the seventh-year
shemittah, the jubilee, and the ban on interest - reveals how these
financial instruments and institutions reflected a tough economic
realism. The study argues that the image of the biblical prophet as
a champion of social justice must be revised.
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