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Ethics and the Old Testament

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John Barton shows how complex are the ethical ideas we can find in the Old Testament. At the same time, he indicates that there is some unity in the moral vision of Hebrew scripture - an ethics that is more subtle and relevant to our own concerns than may appear at first sight. And, as is the biblical way, moral truth in the Old Testament is conveyed always through the par ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Trinity Press International
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Having had a go myself, I am always keen on efforts to talk sensibly about Old Testament ethics. Oxford professor John Barton's slim volume offers a collection of his own lectures on biblical morality and does a very good job moving the conversation beyond simple caricatures of the text.

For Barton, the OT's single greatest challenge in the realm of ethics is not in some of its petty or disturbing moral provisions, it is that its world-view is so foreign and pre-modern. Take, for example, the Dec
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