Ethics and the Old Testament: Second Edition

Ethics and the Old Testament: Second Edition

by JohnBarton (Author)


Establishing the relevance of Old Testament ethics to contemporary life is, as Barton concedes, an uphill task. For many Christians today - let alone those with no religious commitment - to find some way of accommodating them into a coherent moral system by which to live in the 21st century seems at best implausible and at worst ridiculous or even immoral. However, Barton is convinced that in many areas of ethical enquiry the Old Testament has much to teach us, and he argues his case in this new edition of Ethics and the Old Testament . He looks again at the Ten Commandments; the narrative about David and his children; the ethical issue of ecology; sexual morality and property; human morality as the express command of God; and the motivation for moral conduct. An additional chapter offers fresh views about the value of Old Testament ethics in discussions on human dignity. Barton's aim is to show that although the Old Testament comes from a remote, alien and apparently unsophisticated context, the powerful minds who worked on its books still have things to say which remain evocative and suggestive for our own moral enquiries.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Edition: 2
Publisher: SCM Press
Published: 01 Jan 2003

ISBN 10: 0334028949
ISBN 13: 9780334028949

Author Bio
John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford and a Fellow of Oriel College.