The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New CreationA Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethic

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Harper Collins, Aug 30, 1996 - Religion - 528 pages
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A leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the biblical witness a unified ethical vision -- centered in the themes of community, cross and new creation -- that has profound relevance in today's world. Richard Hays shows how the New Testament provides moral guidance on the most troubling ethical issues of our time, including violence, divorce, homosexuality and abortion.

"Hays' passionately written book, with its bold agenda, has neither peer nor rival." --Leander E. Keck, Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology, Yale Divinity School

"There are few people I would rather read for the actual exposition of the New Testament than Richard Hays. This book is filled with wonderful readings that not only inform us about how to think better about the so-called 'problem of the relation between the New Testament and ethics' but, even more, speak of how our lives should be lived in the light of Christ's cross. -Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School

"Richard Hays has succeeded brilliantly in bringing New Testament studies, contemporary theology, and ethics into a deeply reflective conversation... Hays' point is that the New Testament norms the Christian life, and, with the help of imagination and metaphor, can address the moral conflicts of our time." --Ellen T. Charry, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

"This book isn't just a breath of fresh air. It's a hurricane, blowing away the fog of half-understood pseudo-morality and fashionable compromise, and revealing instead the early Christian vision of true humanness and genuine holiness. If this isn't a book for our time, I don't know what is." --N. T. Wright, author of The New Testament and the People of God

 

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User Review  - jd234512 - LibraryThing

A massive amazing look at the New Testament and how it relates to created a set of morals or ethics. In the first main section Hays tackles different books/authors to try and get some sort of ... Read full review

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User Review  - jesse - Christianbook.com

This book brings a refreshing understanding to the approach and framework of understanding ethics. While at the same time holding up the authority of Scripture, Hays brilliantly underscores the need ... Read full review

Contents

The Task of New Testament Ethics
1
PART
13
Developments of the Pauline Tradition
60
Taking Up the Cross
73
Liberation through the Power of the Spirit
112
Loving One Another
138
The Role of the Historical Jesus
158
Resisting the Beast
169
Character Shaped by Tradition
266
How Shall We Use the Texts? Normative Proposals
291
PART FOUR
313
Divorce and Remarriage
347
Homosexuality
379
AntiJudaism and Ethnic Conflict
407
Abortion
444
Conclusion
462

PART
187
PART THREE
207
Christian Realism
215
Karl Barth Obedience to the Command of God
225
Following the Way of Jesus
259
Works Cited
471
Permissions
486
Author Index
497
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Richard Hays is professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He is noted for his work in the fields of New Testament ethics and Pauline theology.

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