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Overview A leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the biblical witness a unified ethical vision -- centered in the themes of community, cross and new creation -- that has profound relevance in today's world. Richard Hays shows how the New Testament provides moral guidance on the most troubling ethical issues of our time, including violence, divorce, homosexuality and abortion.
A leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the biblical witness a unified ethical vision -- centered in the themes of community, cross and new creation -- that has profound relevance in today′s world. Richard Hays shows how the New Testament provides moral guidance on the most troubling ethical issues of our time, including violence, divorce, homosexuality and abortion.
Awards and Recognitions The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard Hays has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 1997 Winner - Top 25 category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard Hays has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 11/01/2012 page 72
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.38" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 1996
ISBN 006063796X ISBN13 9780060637965 UPC 099455026000
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More About Richard Hays
Richard Hays is professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He is noted for his work in the fields of New Testament ethics and Pauline theology.
Richard Hays has an academic affiliation as follows - James Cook University.
Richard Hays has published or released items in the following series...
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
Reviews - What do customers think about The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics?
Ethics from an honest man Jan 8, 2008
Writers on ethics almost universally share a common problem. They aren't honest about there own struggles to embody the morals that they put forward. I greatly appreciate Hays honestly in facing the challenges of New Testament ethics without retreating into impersonal abstractions. Hays is honest, personal and direc while working through his subject with a high degree of scholarly excellence. It's rare to find such personal presence in a writer of high academic achievement.
I must admit that the first half of the book may seem overly complex as Hays deals with problems of biblical interpretation which he feels must be surmounted before he can express a cogent ethics. But stick with the reading and you will be rewarded with a clear, concise and practicel view of ethics that can easily be applied to your every day life. You will also learn how to extend his ethical thinking under the interpretive rubric Hays has created. You may not agree with every conclusion Hays comes to but I can guarantee that you will understand howand why he concluded what he did. This alone makes the book a worhty read for anyone serious about following Jesus and taking Him at this word.
Great book Feb 23, 2006
I am taking an Independent Studies class with a professor at my high school. We are using this book as a primary source of information to create a Christian ethical response to Genetic Research. This book sets a great basis for understanding and interpretting an ethical Christian response.
Excellent, Balanced Book of NT Ethics Jan 29, 2006
Dr. Hays has a very balanced, comprehensive look at New Testament ethics. It is an excellent tool for students, educators and pastors. I have been challenged in my own understanding of ethics through reading this book.
Wanting for Authority Mar 2, 2003
Richard Hays has undertaken a highly important project. He is attempting to devise a system of morality for the modern era based on New Testament ethics. He approaches the subject systematically, attempting to discern what exactly it was that New Testament writers thought on a variety of subjects, from abortion to violence. Sometimes, his conclusions are exactly those of the writers themselves. However, on homosexuality, his conclusions are a bit forced. He does not seek to discourage it (though several NT authors do, most notably Paul in Romans), perhaps out of fear of offending some within society. But, he does not encourage it either. In the end, he effectively eliminates the possibility of homosexual union, but does not go so far as to impose abstinence on such persons, regardless that the Bible (more than just the NT) regards the practice as an "abomination." Therefore, Hays loses an opportunity to take a definitive stand on a subject. His inability to follow a strict line of interpretation therefore throws into doubt the rest of his conclusions, not for their lack of validity, but simply by association. In that regards, while Hays has taken an important step to get us thinking about such matters, he has more or less failed to provide anything of any real substance because on one point he refuses to draw his conclusions based on a strict biblical exegesis.
Comprehensive but flawed and frustrating Aug 8, 2002
Richard Hays does a commendable job of meticulous research about the New Testament witness to vital ethical issues. He attempts to demonstrate the continuing relevance and importance of the New Testament towards pressing contemporary issues like war/peace, sexuality, divorce and abortion. The greatest strength of Hays' book is that it is a comprehensive work of reference; he really gets into the detailed text of much of the New Testament.
However, in my view, Hays' contemporary application is disappointing. As another reviewer has commented, Hays basically throws in the towel on abortion, even though he concludes that it is wrong from a Christian ethical perspective. He simply dismisses any action by the Church to modify or change the current permissive abortion regime as it exists under Roe v. Wade. This is the one public issue that the Church apparently has no business addressing in the "public square," unlike race, poverty, and so on. Hays does not explain why the Church should adopt this stance, other than repeating the tired liberal cliche about not legislating morality (or something like that). Further, Hays adopts a nasty, mean-spirited tone in his refutation of pro-life Scriptural exegesis. Hays may well be correct, but there is no reason for his arrogant personal attacks on people with different views. Hays seems to have a strong dislike of pro-lifers in general, which I believe warps his discussion of abortion.
I am also disappointed by his limp conclusion to the issue of homosexuality. After marshalling considerable evidence that the New Testament does not approve of homosexuality, Hays refuses to draw the necessary conclusions regarding church discipline. Just like with abortion, on the issue of sexuality, Hays adopts the shopworn liberal approach of saying "I don't approve of this, but I won't impose my views on others." Of course, this again begs the question as to why it is OK to legislate morality in some ethical areas but not in others.
In short, this book deserves a "4" or "5" for its Biblical studies, but a "1" or "2" for its contemporary application.