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978-1-9787-0327-8 • Hardback • September 2018 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
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Ruben Zimmermann is professor for New Testament studies and ethics at the Protestant Faculty of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
1. Ethics as the Basis for and Evaluation of How One Lives
2. On Methodology: How to Read Biblical Texts Ethically
3. A Test Study: “Implicit Ethics” in 1 Corinthians
4. Pauline Ethics in Current Ethical Debate
Appendix I: List of the Imperatives in 1 Corinthians
Appendix II: Overview of Select Norms of Conduct in 1 Corinthians
Appendix III: Examples of Metaphorical Ethics in 1 Corinthians
This translation makes a once-in-a generation benchmark in New Testament ethics available for Anglophones. Zimmermann’s innovative “implicit ethics” transcends established methods and approaches. His analysis by means of a vast array of multi-disciplinary resources, ancient and modern, discloses Pauline approaches that are rarely absolute, but demonstrate coherent systems of hierarchical values (with love at the apex) and relationships (especially with God, Christ, and congregation) that allow for flexible, concrete behaviors principally for the benefit of others.— Robert L. Brawley, McCormick Theological Seminary
In this richly documented and detailed work, Ruben Zimmermann presents an original model for analyzing the “implicit ethics” of a text, and applies it in detail to 1 Corinthians. The results enable us to grasp the various kinds of logic by which Paul’s ethics operate, and do so in a way that facilitates engagement not only within the fields of biblical studies and theological ethics, but also, importantly, beyond – into any area concerned with the analysis of ethics.— David G. Horrell, Reader in New Testament Studies, University of Exeter, UK.
In Logic of Love, the renowned German New Testament scholar Ruben Zimmermann sets forth St. Paul’s “implicit ethics” as a coherent and meta-ethically defensible account of the Christian life. Given the long debate about ethics in the bible and the use of the bible in ethics, this work makes a profound contribution that will interest anyone who pounders the point and purpose of Paul’s thought.— William Schweiker, The University of Chicago