The Indelible Image

BW3.jpgBen Witherington III, another Beliefnet blogger and who writes more books than most people read in a lifetime, has put his mind to a big project and volume one is now out: The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical World of the New Testament, Vol. 1: The Individual Witnesses
. It is a two-volume work on theological ethics in the New Testament, and when he’s done with volume two he will write a one-volume shorter version. 

This book examines the New Testament texts themselves, for which Ben is now qualified since he’s done writing a commentary on each book of the NT! So, he has a chp on Jesus and Paul and Peter and every other author in the NT. The distinctive contribution of this project is that Ben, instead of starting out with a synthesis, lets the particular theology of each author give rise to the particular ethic of each author. In other words, we have distinct voices in a choir where each voice is singing the same cantata. Volume two will imagine what they sound like when all the voices are brought into an ensemble. (His metaphor.)
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  • Ian Packer

    “The *distinctive* contribution of this project is that Ben, instead of starting out with a synthesis, lets the particular theology of each author give rise to the particular ethic of each author.”
    Isn’t this what Hays did in Moral Vision of the NT?

  • Dan

    I have begun reading Ben Witherington III over the past year, currently reading his Socio-Rhetorical commentary on Romans and “What have they done with Jesus” with “Making a Meal of It” is in the que.

  • Ben Witherington

    Hi Scot:
    Thanks for this. Hope you are doing well.
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  • Ben Witherington

    P.S. The two volumes are about ethical theology as well as theological ethics. And no to one of your readers, Richard Hays Moral Vision simply focuses on the ethics, which he does indeed believe are theological in character. He does not deal with the theology per se in that volume.
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