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The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics

by Hector Avalos

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The author examines the scholarship surrounding the ethics of the New Testament, to demonstrate that the ethics attributed to Jesus are neither innovative nor all that great, in many cases. He goes step by step through the New Testament, including comparisons with Old Testament verses where appropriate, and shows that Jesus is not a consistently good, moral guide for modern life. There were some rather inexplicable lacks in his discussion, such as failure to address the verse about killing his enemies, but other than that, it was a good, thorough book. He did include quite a bit of Hebrew and Greek text, but he did usually translate that. The main problem for me was the places where he spent a couple of pages dissecting a very particular Greek or Hebrew word and it's traditional usage. I recognize that as important, but I suspect there are probably ways to do that a bit better (i.e., more interesting and less filled with insider talk, since this book appears to have been written for a lay audience). Overall, satisfying and worthwhile. ( )
  Devil_llama | Feb 16, 2017 |
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