Report on AJCO-CSGE Panel: Wealth and Responsibility to the Poor
Dr. Vilma Balmaceda, director of Nyack’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE) recently shared the following report submitted on the September 10 event co-sponsored by CSGE and the Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins Department.
“Do you have what it takes to attain life in the world to come?” Jesus’ answer to this question may be one of Christian theology’s most abandoned topics, yet it was the focal point of the Ancient Judaism/Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement panel discussion held on the New York City campus recently.
At the panel, Professor George Kohler, Ph.D. of Bar Ilan University (Israel) (above, standing), and Professor Jeffrey García, Ph.D.c., (above, seated with Constance Diggs, AJCO program coordinator) of Nyack College dialogued with Nyack students and faculty, tracing the Old and New Testament principles on poverty, justice, and charity back to its roots in Judaism, appealing to literature from the Old and New Testaments, rabbinic law, and Jewish and Christian theology, respectively.
The opening paraphrase above is extracted from the commonly known parable of the rich young ruler. “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus finalizes hi answer with, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”
Caring for the poor should be an integral part of the discussion about observing God’s commandments, yet this topic tends to be largely neglected. “Even the pioneering studies…have overlooked the manner in which giving to the poor functions in Jesus’ view of the Jewish law,” said Prof. García.
Can it be that Christians neglect to help the neglected? While the demands of justice and charity might not have been a critical concern for most Evangelical Christians in North America in the last decades, according to Dr. Kohler, charity and particularly the justice (tsedaqah) principle of caring for the poor, constitutes a fundamental pillar of Jewish theology. A failure to care for the poor is equivalent to idolatry, and therefore, a violation of the law. The social question is fundamentally a spiritual question.
- Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Nyack Community Remembers NYC Music Student Curtis Crum III
- 13 of Nyack's Fall Athletes Recognized for Their Academic Excellence
- Dr. Jacqueline Washington Contributes to Research Article in Nature Microbiology
- Nyack's School of Music Headlines Concert at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
- Global Service-Learning Director Updates on Nyack/ATS Teams in Israel
- Global Service-Learning Trip in Cuba with Drs. Ron and Wanda Walborn
- Winterim: ATS in Israel with Dr. Bryan Widbin
- ATS Alumni Among 2017 Pastors' Prayer Summit Leaders
- Globetrotting--the Nyack Way
- Soo-il Lee Recognized by Korean American Behavioral Health Association
- In Memoriam [Ring out, wild bells] by Lord Alfred Tennyson
- What You Can Discover at Nyack
- Steve Gardner (NC '87; ATS '94) Making Snowflakes
- Marcus Jugenheimer: A Major in God's Army
- The Gift of Mentoring at Nyack for Sneha Chrispal
- The Nyack Story: More Than Numbers by Provost David Turk
- Dr. Gerard Becker Co-authors Award Winning Paper
- Staff Highlight: Mr. Dan Bailey, Director of Admissions, Rockland Campus
- A Love Gift at Home for the Holidays
- West Side Story Off-Broadway...A Successful Eight-Show Run
- Nyack Rockland School of Music Winter Concert
- West Side Story Wows Audiences
- Isa Agape: A WNYK Interview and Worship & Praise Night Leader
- Telling the Nyack Story
- Browse Blog Archive>>