Key Approaches to Biblical Ethics

An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

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The purpose of Key Approaches to Biblical Ethics is to address fundamental as well as practical questions of methodology in examining the ethical material of the Bible. Sixteen scholars of international reputation, most of them leaders in the field of biblical ethics, discuss questions of biblical interpretation from the perspectives of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament ethics in close dialogue with one another. In the present volume both established and new approaches to biblical ethics are presented and discussed. The result is a volume of unprecedented scholarly interaction that provides key insights into issues of biblical ethics that play a significant role both for biblical interpretation as well as for methodological questions in Jewish and Christian ethics today.

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Volker Rabens, Ph.D. (2008), is Professor of Biblical Theology at the YMCA University of Applied Sciences, Kassel (Germany), and Research Fellow at North-West University, Potchefstroom (South Africa). His publications include The Holy Spirit and Ethics in Paul: Transformation and Empowering for Religious-Ethical Life (Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 2nd ed.; Fortress, 2014).
Jacqueline N. Grey, Ph.D. (2006), is Dean of Theology and Professor of Biblical Studies at Alphacrucis College, Sydney (Australia), and Research Fellow at UNISA, Pretoria (South Africa). Her publications include Three’s A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament (Pickwick, 2011).
Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn, Ph.D. (2010), is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Regent College, Vancouver (Canada). She is co-author of the James Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (Zondervan, 2008), and has published a large number of journal articles and book essays.
"Both established and new approaches to biblical ethics are presented and discussed. The scholarly interaction provides key insights into issues of biblical ethics that play a significant role both for biblical interpretation as well as for methodological questions in Jewish and Christian ethics today." - in: Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology Volume 75(4) (2021)
Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors

Biblical Ethics: Foundational and Introductory Matters
Jacqueline N. Grey, Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn and Volker Rabens

part 1: How to Approach Ethics in the Bible: A Dialogue on the Fundamental Methodological Questions of Biblical Ethics


1 How to Read Biblical Texts Ethically: The New Method of “Implicit Ethics” for Analyzing Biblical Ethics
Ruben Zimmermann

2 Reading Biblical Texts Ethically: A Discussion of Ruben Zimmermann’s Method of “Implicit Ethics” from an Old Testament Perspective
Markus Zehnder

3 Reading Biblical Texts Ethically: A Discussion of Ruben Zimmermann’s Method of “Implicit Ethics” from a New Testament Perspective
Charles H. Cosgrove

4 Inspiring Ethics: A Hermeneutical Model for the Dialogue between Biblical Texts and Contemporary Ethics
Volker Rabens

part 2: Old Testament Approaches to Biblical Ethics


5 More than Worthwhile to Consider? Old Testament Ethics between Description and Prescription
Christian Frevel

6 The Moral Vision of the Hebrew Bible: An Examination of Some Methodological Issues
Eryl W. Davies

7 The Two Testaments as an Ethical Resource
John Goldingay

8 Virtue and Torah: The Character of the Instructed Reader
Richard S. Briggs

9 Key Approaches to Old Testament Ethics: A Response from a New Testament Scholar’s Perspective
Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn

part 3: New Testament Approaches to Biblical Ethics


10 Is “Biblical Ethics” a “Genre Mistake”? Methodological Reflections on New Testament Ethics in Debate with Gustafson and Hays
Richard A. Burridge

11 The Moral Vision of the Bible: A New Testament Approach
David G. Horrell

12 Reading the New Testament from an Ethical Perspective: A Comprehensive Approach
Jan van der Watt

13 A New Testament Approach to (Biblical) Ethics from the Perspective of Language: Moods of Ethical Speech in NT Texts and Their Hermeneutical Relevance
Oda Wischmeyer

14 Key Approaches to New Testament Ethics: A Response from an Old Testament Scholar’s Perspective
Jacqueline N. Grey

part 4: Biblical Ethics beyond Biblical Studies


15 Biblical Ethics beyond Biblical Studies: Scripture as Medicine in Early Christian Social Ethics
Brian J. Matz

16 The Limits of Biblical Ethics for Christian Ethics Today
David P. Gushee

Index
All interested to engage the interpretation and relevance of Hebrew Bible and New Testament ethics in an interdisciplinary dialogue, particularly theological institutes, academic libraries, biblical studies specialists, and (post-graduate) students and pastors.