Marcel Poorthuis (Utrecht)

Poverty in Interreligious PerspectivePoverty seesm to be a virtue in Christian tradition, more so than in Judaism. Searching in the classical source sof both traditions, discovers an interesting ambiguity as to poverty. Is it allowed to live at the expense of the community? “A laborer deserves his loan”, Paul exclaims, although eslewhere it is stated: “a laborer deserves his food!” By studying the Jewish background of early Christianity one discovers a sophisticated approach to poverty, which may be as relevant for today as it was in the first centuries.


Prof. dr. M. Poorthuis
Professor in Judaic Studies and Quranic Studies’
Tilburg University
School of Catholic Theology