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An Economic Commentary on the Bible: Genesis to Revelation
This is my 31-volume series, An Economic Commentary on the Bible. It totals about 8,550 pages, not counting four separate appendix volumes. I began writing this series in early 1973. I completed it in August 2012.
In September 1977, I escalated my pace to 10 hours per week, 50 weeks per year. My cut-off date: February 11, 2012: my 70th birthday. As it turned out, my son got married on that day. He was born in September 1977.
I completed the project -- just barely -- on July 28, 2012. I had been forced to cease writing for six months when I did not have access to my library in 1998. I made up for this six month break: February 2012 to July 28, 2012. So, almost to the week, I had guessed had correctly in September 1977 as to how long this project should take.
Or is it just another example of Parkinson's law? "Work expands in order to fill the time allotted for its completion."
No one has ever attempted a Bible commentary like this: what the Bible has to say about the details of an academic discipline.
This was my homework for my life's calling, a book on Christian economic theory. I had to do the exegetical work first. I have completed part 1 of a book on The Covenantal Structure of Economics. I have four parts to go.
Then I must do the main work: an analytical book based on cause and effect (1,000 pages). Then I must do a mid-sized version (400 pages).
My basic outline is here, which I wrote in two weeks in 1987: Inherit the Earth.
They appear in reverse order: later books before earlier ones.
This took 52 years. The grunt work is over. Now the creative work begins . . . and the marketing. keep reading
The episltes to the early churches are filled with economic rules and advice. keep reading
Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth emphasizes the issue of hierarchy: in family, church, and state. keep reading
This book deals with that crucial ability, making good judgments. keep reading
The first of Paul's epistles sets forth some fundamental economic principles. keep reading
This is the book on "communism in the early church." You may need an answer. Here it is. keep reading
This is by far the most anti-wealth book in the Bible. This is why it is cited by pro-welfare state Christians. keep reading
At last! We have reached the New Testament. In writing time, this took me 27 years (1973-2000). keep reading
Old Testament prophets are invoked by Social Gospel promoters who cannot find anything that Moses wrote to justify theft by the ballot box. But the prophets sided with Moses. keep reading
This book baffles commentators. That's because they don't understand the author's strategy. keep reading
The Psalms have a lot of economic information in them. They boil down to this: there are winners and losers in life. Join the winners. keep reading
The Book of Job raises the question: Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Then it answers it. keep reading
From Joshua to Nehemiah, the Israelites rebelled. This is the account of that rebellion and its consequences. keep reading