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Old Testament Ethics for the People of God

Christopher J. H. Wright (IVP, 2004)

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Blurb

Some Christians distinguish the moral laws in the Old Testament (which must be obeyed) from the ceremonial and civil laws (which may be disregarded). Others prefer a strictly New Testament ethic. Neither option, argues Chris Wright, does justice to the Old Testament as an essential part of our Bible. In this lively and readable approach, he develops a comprehensive alternative. First, he proposes a theological, social and economic framework for Old Testament ethics. Then, in relation to contemporary issues, he explores a variety of themes: economics, the land and the poor; ecology and the earth; politics and the world of nations; law and justice; society, culture and the family; the way of the individual. This book is a fully revised, updated and integrated edition of Chris Wright's earlier two books "Living as the People of God" and "Walking in the Ways of the Lord." He has added new surveys of historical and contemporary scholarly approaches to Christian ethical use of the Old Testament. This fresh and accessible study will appeal to non-specialists, while the greatly expanded bibliography makes this a useful resource for students.

Contents

PART ONE: A STRUCTURE FOR OLD TESTAMENT ETHICS 

1. The theological angle 
2. The social angle 
3. The economic angle 

PART TWO: THEMES IN OLD TESTAMENT ETHICS 

4. Ecology and the earth 
5. Economics and the poor 
6. The land and Christian ethics 
7. Politics and the nations 
8. Justice and righteousness 
9. Law and the legal system 
10. Culture and family 
11. The way of the individual 

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