December 9, 2008

What I’m reading today:
Non-retaliation in Early Jewish and New Testament Texts: Ethical Themes in Social Contexts by Gordon M. Zerbe.
Why? Because I want to know more about the idea of Jesus as an ethical teacher. Liberal views of Jesus tend to focus on the idea that what Jesus was all about was teaching a wonderful moral code of universal love and peace. I am not convinced. True, there are a couple of statements recorded in the Q material that suggest an ethical approach – love your enemies, turn the other cheek – but there are several reasons why I doubt that they represent an important part of what Jesus had to say. Read the rest of this entry »