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Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture Paperback – April 2, 2007
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— Duke Divinity School
"This is not just another book about the relationship between ethics and scripture. It is not this simply because Brock, drawing on an extraordinary analysis of Augustine's and Luther's exposition of the Psalms, challenges the formal accounts of ethics and hermeneutics that have created the so-called problem of the relation between scripture and ethics. With erudition Brock draws on the best work available to sustain an exposition of the Psalms that helps us understand why they must be sung if we are to be the readers God would have us be to witness to the one who is alone the subject of the Psalms, that is, Jesus Christ. Brock's reading of Bonhoeffer's account of Psalm 119 is alone worth the price of the book. Brock clearly does not want to make the Bible familiar but by helping us see the oddness of the familiar he draws us into an imaginative vision of what our lives would look like in light of the Psalms."
— Harris Manchester College, Oxford
"Brian Brock is one of the most gifted younger scholars in theological ethics, and this book more than proves the point. He suggests an exciting turning of the tables in the debate on Scripture's usefulness for Christian ethics with a fascinating analysis of two champions of 'premodern' biblical exegesis and their accounts of the Psalter — Augustine and Luther. Instead of approaching Scripture with a preconceived general theory of understanding, Singing the Ethos of God instructs the reader in how the fathers practiced the (sung) Psalter in order to become familiar with God's own patterns of communication in and through Scripture, coming in time to shape the lives of those who 'read' appropriately. Beyond Hermeneutics would have been an apt subtitle for this groundbreaking study."
— King's College, Aberdeen
"Astute in its analysis, robust in its proposals, and spiritually charged throughout, this is theology of a high order, offering one of the most stimulating portrayals of the scriptural moral landscape to appear in recent years."
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