Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Poverty of RichesSt. Francis of Assisi Reconsidered$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kenneth Baxter Wolf

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195158083.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 February 2020

St. Francis and Jesus

St. Francis and Jesus

(p.39) 5 St. Francis and Jesus
The Poverty of Riches

Kenneth Baxter Wolf (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Francis's decision to live a life of poverty was inspired by his sense of the perfect poverty of Jesus. On the basis of his understanding of the New Testament themes, Francis seems to have focused his attention on Paul's idea that the Incarnation itself was the quintessential form of voluntary poverty, because Jesus gave up the “riches” of heaven to assume the life of a mere man, and a poor man at that. Francis's own imitatio Christi was designed, therefore, first and foremost, as an imitation of the Incarnation. This connection seems to have contributed to Francis's decision to prioritize imitating Jesus's “poverty” over alleviating the poverty of the ordinary poor.

Keywords:   imitatio Christi, Incarnation, Jesus, New Testament, Paul, voluntary poverty

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .