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  • By Joseph Dowell on February 2, 2014

    Biblical Ethics while talking about Ethics from a Christian point of view is a good book and the other students in my class apparently are enjoying it. But as someone who practices Messianic Judaism I find many of his assumptions of the Church Replacing Israel (p. xvi) "The relational element is also common in the New Testament; the Church becomes the people of the New Covenant." to be offensive. As he goes through many of the scriptures he quotes the right words of scripture but then his conclusions negate the covenant with Israel that lasts "beyond the stars of heaven"

  • By Ansen Plopbundle on February 17, 2014

    Maston’s Biblical Ethics is a book-by-book guide to the ethical principles, commands, and teachings of the Old and New Testaments. Maston says it is a ‘survey’ of biblical ethics. So, the basic structure of this survey of ethics is Law, Prophets, Writings, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Synoptics, Pauline Epistles, Johannine Literature, and the rest of the NT writings.Though certain ideas run thematically throughout Scripture, Maston notes that there is no ultimate, unifying theme in his work (vi). However, in his conclusion (which consists of eighteen summarizing principles learned), he does say that, “The dominant ethical appeal in the Bible is for the people of God to be like Him” (282). The conclusion is very helpful, actually. I enjoyed reading his concluding comments on his own study.The book is in some ways a bit theologically dated, but not to the point where this isn‘t still helpful for certain tasks. In fact, it’s still in very many ways relevant. It’s just that some of the scholarship he is dealing with is a bit dated. For example, his distinction between ‘casuistic’ and ‘apodictic’ laws as encompassing the Torah’s laws is not likely to cover all laws, but it is still a helpful distinguishing characteristic used today. However, he is clear that the Hebrews themselves did not “make a sharp distinction” between the two (10). There’s no serious reason to discount this work because of its age. In fact, he’s quick to note false ideas that are still being taught in left-leaning theological university circles today! For instance, he aptly notes the Israelites often moralized ideas that other ancient near eastern cultures did not moralize. For example, the concept of holiness was not necessarily a moral quality in other ancient near eastern cultures, though it did take a turn in that direction in the Hebrew Bible as a whole.He does take a particular stand toward how to read the Old Testament and the New Testament. He writes that both books are equally authoritative, but that the Old must now be read in light of the New (107). This has been a popular approach for a long time, and though I think it needs to be greatly nuanced or even rejected for a clearer principle altogether, it does not affect his ethical survey.One of the more unusual ideas that I came across was Maston labeling Paul and John as ‘mystics’ (213). He says, this “largely explains the fact that the ethic of both was basically theological and inner, with outer conduct a natural expression of an inner relationship” (213). I think this is a bit odd, but again, he has the basic point correct - that both of their ethics (if we can use that label) started from the inside and worked its way out. I’m not sure what he meant by ‘mystic,‘ since he offered no clarification.All in all this is still a very relevant text for surveying the Bible and its ethical content. For what it’s worth, I think Jacob Lupfer’s review here is pretty accurate.

  • By Jacob Lupfer on June 7, 2001

    Maston's book is regarded as a classic in Christian ethics among many conservatives. He divides his book into eight sections and surveys the ethical emphases of each: Law, Prophets, Writings, Apocryphal and Intertestamental Literature, Synoptic Gospels, Paul, Johnannine Literature and Other New Testament Writings. Maston does a good job of noting the ethical teachings of each section but also relating each unique emphasis to the biblical revelation as a whole. He makes some problematic assumptions based on outdated biblical interpretation, and these will raise the eyebrow of the careful reader. Maston wisely avoids wide application of biblical teaching to specific ethical issues, thus making his book less controversial while focusing on the Bible alone. His work may not appeal to more mainstream thinkers, but is a good introduction to the ethical teachings of the Bible.

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