Ethics in Ancient Israel is a study of ethical thinking in ancient
Israel from around the eighth to the second century BC. The
evidence for this consists primarily of the Old Testament/ Hebrew
Bible and Apocrypha, but also other ancient Jewish writings such as
the Dead Sea Scrolls and various anonymous and pseudonymous texts
from shortly before the New Testament period. Professor John Barton
argues that there were several models for thinking about ethics,
including a 'divine command' theory, something approximating to
natural law, a virtue ethic, and a belief in human custom and
convention. Moreover, he examines ideas of reward and punishment,
purity and impurity, the status of moral agents and patients,
imitation of God, and the image of God in humanity. Barton
maintains that ethical thinking can be found not only in laws but
also in the wisdom literature, in the Psalms, and in narrative
texts. There is much interaction with recent scholarship in both
English and German. The book features discussion of comparative
material from other ancient Near Eastern cultures and a chapter on
short summaries of moral teaching, such as the Ten Commandments.
This innovative work should be of interest to those concerned with
the interpretation of the Old Testament but also to students of
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