NONFICTION
Old Testament Ethics: A Guided Tour
InterVarsity. Apr. 2019. 275p. index. ISBN 9780830852246. pap. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780830873623. REL
COPY ISBN
If the average Christian were asked to sum up Old Testament ethics in three words, they might be "legalistic," "harsh," and "rigid." Goldingay (Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary.; An Introduction to the Old Testament) offers a far more nuanced approach. He starts by describing the time it took to compose the Old Testament, its wide geographical, literary, and cultural landscape, and how there are far fewer ethical regulations than one might assume that defy any legalistic characterization. Goldingay then turns to a positive evaluation, such as illustrating some common virtues held up by the Old Testament along with the environment and relationships advocated to foster these virtues. The author continues with expositions of several extended passages and character studies. For instance, he uses the first two chapters of Genesis to illustrate how the Old Testament views the proper relationship between humans and the world they inhabit followed by the character of Nehemiah and the ethics of leadership.
VERDICT The Old Testament is not a book of ethics, and Goldingay makes no attempt to develop a moral theory from it. Those interested in Old Testament theology will find his drawing out ethical implications from its stories and sayings engaging.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

TOP STORIES

LIBRARY EDUCATION

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COMMUNITY FORM

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.