Tax Policy and the Bible

4 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2013

Date Written: December 16, 2013


Until the 2000s, the biblical view of tax policy in the both the Christian and Jewish traditions was neutral to conservative in the political sense. The principal biblical tax principle is opposition to tax evasion. But in the last 10 years, academic commentary on tax policy and the Bible has shifted in a more politically progressive direction.

Keywords: the Bible, Susan Pace Hamill, Adam Chodorow, David Cay Johnston, Charles E. Curran, Pope Francis

JEL Classification: H20, H34

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, Tax Policy and the Bible (December 16, 2013). Tax Notes, Vol. 141, No. 11, 2013, Available at SSRN:

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