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Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics [Hardcover]

By Richard A. Burridge (Author)
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The application of the Bible to moral and ethical issues has been a source of contention through the history of the Christian church. Scripture has been used in support of both sides of varying issues, to support political agendas, to tear apart denominations. With Imitating Jesus Richard Burridge takes a closer look at New Testament ethics and how they play out in various issues, most specifically examining apartheid in South Africa during the twentieth century. First, Burridge approaches the development of New Testament ethics from what he considers its foundational level - the deeds and words of Jesus, his life, death, and resurrection. Next he moves on to the exploration of how Christ affected Paul by examining the apostle's letters. He here finds Paul's underlying Christological understanding which supports his theology and writing. Following this, Burridge delves into each of the four gospels, following the same Christological analysis as he uses for both Jesus and Paul. Finally, he brings the conclusions of all this study to examine the contemporary example of how the ethical material in the New Testament was used in South Africa to justify and support apartheid. It is by undertaking such an exhaustive process and applying it to a modern test case that Burridge is able to provide answers for what ethical material the New Testament does contain and how we may use that, if at all, in following and imitating Jesus today.

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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.

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Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics by Richard A. Burridge has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 08/26/2008 page 38

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   490
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.56" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.32"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0802844588  
ISBN13  9780802844583  

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More About Richard A. Burridge

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard A. Burridge is dean of King's College London, where he is also professor of biblical interpretation and director of New Testament studies. His other books includeWhat Are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography and Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics

Richard A. Burridge currently resides in London. Richard A. Burridge was born in 1955 and has an academic affiliation as follows - King's College London.

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From William B. Eerdmans  Nov 30, 2007
The Bible still matters in many contexts. It certainly matters in South Africa, having shaped their history, both from the side of colonialism and apartheid and from the side of our liberation struggle. The South African context therefore provides an important site for the author's project. Surrounding his South African case study are an in-depth engagement with the full array of scholarship on New Testament ethics and his own careful reading of particular New Testament texts. But it is the South African site that provides the author with an answer to the "so what" question? Vast amounts of biblical scholarship stop short of moving beyond a piling up of ancient detail. The author goes beyond the detail to risk saying something about how and why the detail matters. And while readers in South Africa will derive a special benefit from this study, those in other contexts will also find much that resonates with their own contexts.

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