This book serves as an introduction to the field of biblical ethics, a subcategory of the discipline of moral theology. It differs from moral philosophy in that biblical ethics is distinctively Christian, and it is more specific than Christian ethics proper because it specifically focuses upon the application of the moral law — as it is revealed in Scripture — to daily living.
Introduction to Biblical Ethics explains the nature, relevancy, coherency, and structure of the moral law as revealed throughout the Bible. In addition to covering the foundational elements of biblical ethics, major issues investigated in this volume include: different types of law in Scripture, the relationship between the law and the gospel, and issues related to the prospect of conflicting moral absolutes.
Additionally, after a discussion of ethical methodology, and using the Ten Commandments as a moral rubric, author David W. Jones explores the place of the moral law in the lives of believers. In the final chapters, the events surrounding the giving of the Decalogue are surveyed, and the application of each of the Ten Commandments to Christian living is explored.
About the Author:
David W. Jones is a professor and author working in the field of Christian ethics. Dr. Jones is currently serving as Professor of Christian Ethics, Associate Dean for Graduate Program Administration, and Director of the Th.M. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC) where he has been teaching since 2001. Dr. Jones holds a B.S. in pastoral ministries, an M.Div. in pastoral ministry, and a Ph.D. in theological studies with an emphasis in Christian ethics. Dr. Jones’ scholarly interests include biblical ethics, material stewardship (including financial ethics, environmental ethics, and related issues), and topics related to marriage and family life. Dr. Jones serves as a Fellow at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture, and is a Research Fellow at the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Dr. Jones is the author of many books and articles over a wide range of moral and theological issues. His literary works have been translated into numerous foreign languages. Dr. Jones is a moral consultant as well as a regular speaker at colleges, seminaries, academic conferences, professional society meetings, churches, camps, radio shows, and other ministry-related events. Additionally, Dr. Jones has experience in pastoral and church-planting ministry, denominational work, Bible teaching and curriculum design, and has served as Associate Editor of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is a referee for The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Jones also serves as a theological reviewer of manuscripts for several major Christian publishers. Dr. Jones holds memberships in many theological and ethical organizations.