Scripture presents a unified story of God’s redemptive history and vision for the Christian life. As such, the biblical canon serves as the foundation for Christian ethics. In Biblical Ethics: A Short Companion, Jacob Shatzer offers a primer in biblical ethics that explores principles and interpretative methods for understanding how the Bible speaks with a unified voice and vision for the Christian life.
Shatzer begins by defining biblical ethics and examining its nature in relation to the broader task of ethical discourse. He then pivots to the text of Scripture, employing a narrative approach to ethics. He gleans insights from both the Old and New Testaments, looking at their context and themes before charting a vision forward towards a biblical ethic. Finally, the volume concludes by considering challenges to biblical ethics and particular ways biblical ethics are embodied and put into practice in the life of the Christian and the church community.
Biblical Ethics: A Short Companion is an essential resource for individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of the ethical framework presented throughout Scripture. With meticulous analysis and insightful reflections, this book equips readers to navigate the complexities of ethical decision-making and embrace a holistic vision of moral life based on the teachings of the Bible.
The Essentials in Christian Ethics series is designed to illuminate the richness and centrality of ethics to all of Christian life. The series consists of short, introductory volumes written by renowned scholars in the fields of ethics, theology, and philosophy. Each volume explores a crucial element of Christian ethical reflection, approaching the subject from within the broader Protestant moral tradition.
Table of Contents
Series Preface by C. Ben Mitchell and Jason Thacker
Chapter 1 What Is Biblical Ethics?
Chapter 2 The Overarching Story
Chapter 3 Covenants and Redemption
Chapter 4 Old and New Testament Ethics
Chapter 5 A Whole-Bible Biblical Ethics
Chapter 6 Challenges to Biblical Ethics
Chapter 7 The Practice of Biblical Ethics
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