New Testament Social Ethics for Today

New Testament Social Ethics for Today

by Richard N. Longenecker


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To Answer the Question of what role the New Testament should play in the formation and expression of Christian social morality today, Richard Longenecker here proposes a developmental hermeneutic, which distinguishes between "dedared principles" and "described practices" in the New Testament writings. With this distinction in mind; he focuses on the three couplets of Galatians 3:28 - "neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female" - showing how these matters were treated in early Christian thought and explaining their meaning for us today. In so doing, Longenecker lays a hermeneutical foundation for the much larger discussion of Christian social ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802819925
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/19/1984
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

I.An Initial Dilemma: To Whom Shall We Go?1
A.Four Ways of Using the New Testament1
B.Some Basic Biblical Perspectives9
C.Toward a Resolution of the Dilemma14
II.A Developmental Hermeneutic: New Treasures as well as Old16
A.The Conjunction of Old and New in the Biblical Records18
B.Christian Theology as a Story of Development21
C.A Proposed Understanding of New Testament Ethics26
III.The Cultural Mandate: Neither Jew nor Greek29
A.Cultural Divisions in the Ancient World29
B.The Mandate of the Gospel30
C.The Church's Practice in the New Testament35
D.Christians and Jews in Succeeding Centuries39
E.Some Implications for Today43
IV.The Social Mandate: Neither Slave nor Free48
A.Slavery in the Ancient World48
B.The Mandate of the Gospel51
C.The Church's Practice in the New Testament52
D.The Church and Slavery in Succeeding Centuries60
E.Some Implications for Today66
V.The Sexual Mandate: Neither Male nor Female70
A.Women in the Ancient World70
B.The Mandate of the Gospel74
C.The Church's Practice in the New Testament76
D.The Church and Women in Succeeding Centuries89
E.Some Implications for Today92
A Selected Bibliography for Further Study99

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