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"Hays' passionately written book, with its bold agenda, has neither peer nor rival." --Leander E. Keck, Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology, Yale Divinity School
"There are few people I would rather read for the actual exposition of the New Testament than Richard Hays. This book is filled with wonderful readings that not only inform us about how to think better about the so-called 'problem of the relation between the New Testament and ethics' but, even more, speak of how our lives should be lived in the light of Christ's cross. -Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School
"Richard Hays has succeeded brilliantly in bringing New Testament studies, contemporary theology, and ethics into a deeply reflective conversation... Hays' point is that the New Testament norms the Christian life, and, with the help of imagination and metaphor, can address the moral conflicts of our time." --Ellen T. Charry, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
"This book isn't just a breath of fresh air. It's a hurricane, blowing away the fog of half-understood pseudo-morality and fashionable compromise, and revealing instead the early Christian vision of true humanness and genuine holiness. If this isn't a book for our time, I don't know what is." --N. T. Wright, author of The New Testament and the People of God
Hays suggests the New Testament vision of Community, the Cross and New Creation as themes for approaching ethical issues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stu2
Hays provides an objective look at the topics that give us the most trouble today, and have for centuries. Read morePublished 4 months ago by prautes_4559
A long book, but worth the read. The sections are the end about homosexuality, abortion, divorce, and other ethical issues are well worth reading the book, but (as he points out at... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeremy Myers
Hays has written the definitive, must-read book on NT ethics.
He follows a narrative pattern of Cross-Community-New Creation to illuminate passages all over the NT, and spur... Read more
The book as a whole is logical and well presented. The idea of community, cross, and new creation gave thought provoking lenses from with to view not only the New Testament but... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Baldwin
I've always been suspicious of Biblical Ethics.
That may sound silly (because it is), but as a good little Protestant, I was extremely wary of "legalism". Read more
This is a very high level book for the average reader. The story is great and the points very insightful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by B Rad 16
Great food for thought and reflection. He genuinely seeks to take the Bible for what it says, though he is more moderate in his assessments of the Bible's historicity, at... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sam White
I've read a lot of theology...this was not something I needed at this time. It was too long and the pages were too full of words.Published 18 months ago by marj