Altruism • Bountifulness • Generous • Munificence • Unselfishness
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Generosity; Generous
R. J. Hughes, III Generosity; Generous [Heb. nāḏîḇ] (Ex. 35:5; Prov. 19:6); AV WILLING, “prince”; NEB WISH, “the great”; [ḥānan] (Ps. 37:21; 112:5); AV “sheweth mercy,” “sheweth favour”; NEB also “be gracious”; [Gk. agathós] (Mt. 20:15); AV GOOD; [haplōs, haplótēs] (2 Cor. 9:11, 13; Jas. 1:5);
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GENEROSITY — liberality in spirit, especially in contributing to the needy. Christian giving should be “a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation” (2 Cor. 9:5). Also see Alms.
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
altruism. The selfless concern for the well-being of others. Some philosophical ethicists argue that altruistic concerns are present in every moral code and therefore that altruism belongs to the realm of naturalistic ethics (see also naturalism, ethical). Contemporary sociobiology offers a different
Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science
ALTRUISM. Altruism, commonly understood as sacrificially unselfish investment in the welfare of others, is a fundamental issue in both Christian and scientific understandings of life. In the Christian tradition, altruism or agapē love is construed as the ultimate telos of human existence and is epitomized
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GENEROSITY [ἀγαθωσύνη agathōsynē, ἁπλότης haplotēs]. The term generosity does not occur in the OT, although its practice is widely encouraged. For example, God expressly commands Israel to “open her hand” to the needy (Deut 15:7–11).Throughout the NT, Christian generosity figures prominently as
Key passages
1 Co 10:33

just as I also please all people in all things, not seeking my own benefit, but the benefit of the many, in order that they may be saved.

2 Co 9:5–11

Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers that they should go on ahead to you and make arrangements in advance for your generous gift that was promised previously, so this would be prepared as a generous gift and not as grudgingly granted. Now the point is this: the one who sows sparingly …

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Topics & Themes