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Biblical Conceptions Of Poverty

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Taking the Bible as the starting point for conceptualizing poverty, it is expected that the different chapters and verses in the Bible will convey different conceptions of poverty. This is conveyed by the terms used to refer to the poor especially in the Old Testament. This chapter finds out the attitudes Catholic students in the Nairobi area in Kenya have towards the biblical conceptions of poverty. It begins with a brief analysis of divine action for the poor with reference to the Bible. Then, it discusses the biblical conceptions of poverty, from a theoretical approach. The chapter presents the students' attitudes towards the biblical conception of poverty in Kenya that were empirically identified with the help of the survey. It also discusses the social location of these attitudes and concludes with a summary of the findings.

Keywords:biblical conceptions; Catholic students; Kenya; Old Testament; poverty



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