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Biblical Interpretation and Christian Ethics : New Studies in Christian Ethics - J. Ian H. McDonald

Biblical Interpretation and Christian Ethics

New Studies in Christian Ethics

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1994
ISBN: 9780521430593
Number Of Pages: 320

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What place does the Bible have in Christian ethics today? How should the Bible be interpreted in the context of current moral concern? How does one understand the ethics in the Bible, and how do such ethics relate to the interpreter's own life and values? These are some of the questions addressed by this important book, the first comprehensive treatment of these issues. The past century of Biblical interpretation in relation to Christian ethics is seen to consist of three phases. In the first phase, liberal scholars responded to new methods of Biblical criticism and tried to make sense of Biblical ethics from perspectives derived from the Enlightenment. In the second phase, a more radical disjunction between Biblical culture and modern-day culture was seen to emerge. Various attempts were made to cope with this disjunction, ranging from outright skepticism to existentialism. In the third and final phase, sometimes called postmodernism, the relation between text and interpretation is viewed as distinctly more problematic. There can be no handling of texts--in relation to ethics or anything else--that is independent of interpretation. Dr. McDonald offers a stimulating analysis of the relationship between Biblical interpretation and Christian ethics in both past and present.

"This careful study of the interaction between Christian biblical interpretation and ethics combines a modern history of the subject with actual exegesis of several important biblical texts. It is very well researched, sometimes brilliant, and always informative...Very highly recommended." Choice "...scholarly and sophisticated work..." Religious Studies Review

General editorÆs preface
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction - relating the Bible to Christian ethics
Liberal Principles and Practice
Eternal values
The principles of social ethics
Eschatology and Ethics
Interim ethics
Existential ethics
The ethics of covenant and command
The problem of Christian social ethics
Participation in Meaning
The ethics of historical interpretation
The ethics of contemporary reading
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ISBN: 9780521430593
ISBN-10: 0521430593
Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th January 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56