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Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics

Joel B. Green
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics
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This one-stop reference book on the vital relationship between Scripture and ethics offers needed orientation and perspective for students, pastors, and scholars. Written to respond to the movement among biblical scholars and ethicists to recover the Bible for moral formatio... Read More

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This one-stop reference book on the vital relationship between Scripture and ethics offers needed orientation and perspective for students, pastors, and scholars. Written to respond to the movement among biblical scholars and ethicists to recover the Bible for moral formation, it is the best reference work available on the intersection of these two fields. The volume shows how Christian Scripture and Christian ethics are necessarily intertwined and offers up-to-date treatment of five hundred biblical, traditional, and contemporary topics, ranging from adultery, bioethics, and Colossians to vegetarianism, work, and Zephaniah. The stellar ecumenical list of contributors consists of more than two hundred leading scholars from the fields of biblical studies and ethics, including Darrell Bock, David Gushee, Amy Laura Hall, Daniel Harrington, Dennis Olson, Christine Pohl, Glen Stassen, and Max Stackhouse.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Oct 1, 2011
  • UPC: 9780801034060
  • Height: 2.2
  • Width: 7.2
  • Length: 10.1
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 889
  • Publish Date: Nov 1, 2011
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "REL006670 , REL067070"
  • ISBN: 080103406X

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Useful but by no means completely conservative by AC21DOJ on 2/9/2012
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While this appears to be a useful resource, some of the articles are written from a more "moderate/ liberal/ progressive" perspective and thus require conservative critical thinking skills. Two examples: 1. The article on "Poverty and Poor" gives the distinct impression that most, if not all, of the poverty in the world comes from the wealthy oppressing the poor. What about Proverbs?, you may ask. Well, that doesn't count since Proverbs was written from an aristocratic point of view. 2. The article on "Homosexuality" seeks to muddy the clear waters of Scripture with the muck of cultural relativism, and leaves one with the impression that we living in (post)modern times might well do better in relying more on our enlightened thinking and less on an ancient text that is difficult, if not impossible, to properly interpret.
This is not to say that the dictionary isn't useful. Thus far I've had the opportunity to read a handful of articles, and I've found that most of them offer at least a somewhat conservative perspective. And of course it is always good to know what arguments and ideas are being utilized by those operating from a less-than-conservative worldview -- if for no other reason than that it helps in preparing to refute them with the clear teachings of God's inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word, the Bible.
I must say that I am a bit disappointed in Baker for not making this a thoroughly conservative resource. While their intentions may be good, from where I sit it helps to advance the popular but very dangerously mistaken notion that in order to be relevant, conservatives must dress themselves in at least one or two articles of liberal clothing.


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