Imitating Jesus : An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-22
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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In contrast to many studies of New Testament ethics, which treat the New Testament in general and Paul in particular, this book focuses on the person of Jesus himself. Richard Burridge maintains that imitating Jesus means following both his words ? which are very demanding ethical teachings ? and his deeds and example of being inclusive and accepting of everyone. Burridge carefully and systematically traces that combination of rigorous ethical instruction and inclusive community through the letters of Paul and the four Gospels, treating specific ethical issues pertaining to each part of Scripture. The book culminates with a chapter on apartheid as an ethical challenge to reading the New Testament; using South Africa as a contemporary case study enables Burridge to highlight and further apply his previous discussion and conclusions.

Table of Contents

Being 'Biblical': Contexts and Starting Pointsp. 1
The scholarly context of the debatep. 5
The personal context of this projectp. 16
The biographical context of the gospels' genrep. 19
Conclusionp. 31
Jesus of Nazareth: Great Moral Teacher or Friend of Sinners?p. 33
Beginning with the historical Jesusp. 34
Jesus' ethical teaching - his wordsp. 40
Jesus' ethical example - his deedsp. 62
Conclusionp. 78
Paul: Follower or Founder?p. 81
Paul's Christologyp. 83
Paul's letters in their settingp. 90
Ethics, eschatology and theologyp. 98
Paul, love and the lawp. 107
Ethical issues in early Pauline communitiesp. 116
The imitation of Jesus in Paulp. 138
Conclusionp. 154
Mark: Suffering for the Kingdomp. 155
Mark's Christologyp. 160
Mark's setting and eschatologyp. 166
The law and lovep. 169
Ethical issues in Markp. 172
Following and imitating Jesus, the friend of sinnersp. 179
Conclusionp. 184
Matthew: Being Truly Righteousp. 187
Matthew's Christologyp. 189
Matthew's setting and eschatologyp. 199
The law and lovep. 203
Ethical issues in Matthewp. 212
Imitating Jesus, the friend of sinnersp. 218
Conclusionp. 224
Luke-Acts: A Universal Concernp. 227
Luke's Christologyp. 230
Luke's setting and eschatologyp. 246
The law and lovep. 250
Ethical issues in Lukep. 260
Imitating Jesus, the friend of sinnersp. 274
Conclusionp. 282
John: Teaching the Truth in Lovep. 285
John's Christologyp. 292
John's setting and eschatologyp. 307
Judaism, the law and lovep. 312
Ethical issues in Johnp. 330
Imitating Jesus, the friend of sinnersp. 334
Conclusionp. 345
Apartheid: An Ethical and Generic Challenge to Reading the New Testamentp. 347
Using the New Testament todayp. 352
Obeying rules and prescriptive commandsp. 363
Looking for principles and universal valuesp. 368
Following examples and paradigmsp. 376
Embracing an overall symbolic worldviewp. 382
Reading together in an inclusive communityp. 388
Conclusionp. 406
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