9781845538880

Justice: The Biblical Challenge

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    9781845538880

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    1845538889

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2/17/2015
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

In Justice: The Biblical Challenge , Walter Houston asks what the Bible has to say about justice, and what relevance that has for people, particularly Christians, at the present day. After brief sketches of the various social contexts of biblical times which governed how people thought about justice, the examples of justice presented by the biblical text are grouped under three headings, which Houston calls three narratives or stories: the story of creation (justice as cosmic order), the story of the Exodus (justice as faithfulness), and the story of Israel (justice as a community of equals). He goes on to present the story of Jesus in Mark as exemplifying all three narratives, summed up paradoxically in humble service. The book then applies what has been learnt to today's world, especially to the UK and to a lesser extent the USA. A 'justice audit' is carried out on it, using the three biblical narratives of justice as yardsticks. This shows that the world is gravely lacking in justice in all three directions. A final chapter makes suggestions as to how the book's readers may work for justice in their own context.

Author Biography

Walter J. Houston is a minister of the United Reformed Church, and has taught Old Testament and Hebrew Bible studies in various colleges and universities. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Biblical Studies at the University of Manchester. His most recent publication is Contending for Justice: Ideologies and Theologies of Social Justice in the Old Testament (2006; second edition 2008).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Justice and the Biblep. 1
The Ancient Social Contextsp. 20
The Story of Creation: Justice as Cosmic Orderp. 36
The Story of the Exodus: Justice as Faithfulnessp. 55
The Story of Israel: Justice as a Community of Equalsp. 74
The Story of Jesus: Justice in Practicep. 92
The Story of Our Worldp. 104
Our Story: Doing Justice in Our Worldp. 125
Bibliographyp. 137
Index of biblical referencesp. 146
Index of subjectsp. 151
Index of namesp. 153
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