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The Moral Vision of the New Testament Community Cross New Creation A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament EthicsA leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the biblical witness a unified ethical vision centered in the themes o. Yes Finishing this 500 page book feels like a real accomplishment So for that I’d like to thank friends and family for supporting me through this time And still I can easily say this is one of the best books I’ve ever read I read the footnotes if that tells you anything Hays is a genius and the nuanced way he writes about NT ethics has transformed how I read the New Testament

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Read & Download The Moral Vision of the New Testament Community Cross New Creation A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ A leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the bibRovides moral guidance on the most troubling ethical issues of our time including violence divorce homosexuality and abortio. By far one of the most important chapters on homosexuality in contemporary theological reflection Haye’s rightly points out that theology is inseparable from exegesis I disagree with his exegesis I think he emphasizes tensions in the text at the expense of unity The gospel writers and Paul may have a different emphasis but not to the extent that Haye’s presents Due to his exegesis he presents a hermeneutical lens of Cross Community and New Creation which is helpful at times but I would want to believe ethics can actually be drawn out from the canon without adding these lenses His system works but it’s not evangelical

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F community cross and new creation that has profound relevance in today′s world Richard Hays shows how the New Testament p. Loved loved loved this bookYknow how sometimes in bible study or in a sermon when we encounter a difficult passage we end up spending a significant portion of the time de radicalizing the message I feel like this book did the opposite of that for meI've read a couple other books by Hays Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul and Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul which were collections of articles focusing on the exegesis of various passages I really liked those books for their careful arguments and interesting insights on how the New Testament makes use of the oldThis book though is different It's apparent from page 1 that Hays is writing not primarily as an academic to other academics but as a Christian to other Christians Conviction permeates this book from the very first part of his preface where he declares that against the impulses of the scholar to defer judgement indefinitely the Christian in the academy must take the risk of calling the church into obedience to Christ and his word What follows is a powerful and challenging demonstration of how one may attempt to live in obedience to the New TestamentThere are many factors that contribute to the force of this book One is the clear framework that is communicated and applied by Hays throughout the book Hays proposes that ethical reflection on the New Testament should proceed in four steps Exegesis hearing the voice of a single bookauthor Synthesis hearing the voice of the whole NT Hermeneutics the process of interpreting and understanding the voice of the NT and Application living it out Within the Hermeneutical step Hays also distinguishes between four modes in which scripture may convey ethical instruction namely in rules principles paradigms and symbolic worlds This is already a helpful tool that brings clarity to the often muddy process of applying scripture Often disagreements arise when people are unknowingly talking about different steps in the process of ethical reflection or are reading the instruction of scripture in differing modesAfter presenting his framework in the last portion of the book Hays applies this framework to various issues like violence divorce homosexuality and abortion For me every single one of these case studies was challenging and convicting for several reasons First Hays in characteristic form does not shy away from presenting what the bible does and does not say For example he plainly shows that scripture almost unanimously renounces violence and divorce in most situations and makes what should be the uncontroversial case that scripture teaches against homosexuality But he also bluntly states that scripture is pretty much silent on the topic of abortion the issue is just not mentionedIf this were all that were accomplished then this book would already be a refreshingly honest look at the teaching of scripture applied to various issues But Hays reminds the reader over and over again that scripture does not only or even primarily speak in rules That is we must focus our energy not just on understanding the rules expressed in scripture but also on the vision of life expressed in paradigmatic examples and symbolic worlds expressed by the New Testament Hays expresses this vision in three focal images the images of Cross Community and New Creation So the uestion then becomes not just is divorce wrong but rather how must the church live out the pictures of Cross Community and New Creation as taught by the New Testament with regards to marriageThe task of the church then is not just to figure out the right policy with regards to in what specific situations divorce is allowed or what level of leadership someone identifying as gay is allowed to have in the church or whether to vote to defund Planned Parenthood or not Instead the church is called to imaginitely live in a community that exemplifies the sacrifice and love of Christ on the cross and to proclaim that God is making all things new and to figure out what that means as we encounter different issues What if Christians were known to be people who just don't get divorced not because we are superhuman but because we adopt a lifestyle of sacrifice for our spouses and of openness and support in the community What if churches made a declaration their members who are single mothers that should they decide to keep their child they would give and do whatever it took to support them and their children What if gay Christians struggling with whether they can really live a life of sacrificial celibacy looked at the church and saw everyone already living lives of radical sacrifice and love What if Christians categorically renounced all violence all bitterness all grudges all revenge all passive aggressiveness all greed In short what if we decided to live like ChristHays is perfectly aware that some of his suggestions are radical But he says this only shows how far the church particularly in America has drifted from the actual testimony of the New Testament As I reflect on my own life I see myself implicated as well But maybe Jesus has something better a new way of living that he exemplified and died for Perhaps this Way is what the church ought to struggle to regain rather than agonizing over how to stay relevant This book has challenged me to reconsider the words of the apostle Paul when he