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Why drag God into Justice and Society? by Jonathan Burnside

Why drag God into Justice and Society? by Jonathan Burnside

Legal scholar Dr Jonathan Burnside talks about his new book, God, Justice and Society.

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Biblical Divorce by David Instone-Brewer

Biblical Divorce by David Instone-Brewer

People have struggled with failed marriages ever since Jesus’ teaching was interpreted as ‘Once married, always married’. Biblical scholar David Instone-Brewer claims that new findings in Jewish legal terminology suggest that Jesus didn’t throw out the Old Testament laws allowing divorce for abuse, but was rejecting a newly invented no-fault divorce called the ‘Any Cause’ […]

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Free to Live by Guy Brandon

Free to Live by Guy Brandon

In these economically constrained times, the Bible’s emphasis on freedom and love offers both relief from the burdens we carry and a radical new way to live. The release from slavery and debt that lay at the heart of Israel’s cycle of Jubilee celebrations reveals that the whole of the Law and Prophets, as fulfilled […]

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Family matters: Biblical norms and contemporary issues by Michael Schluter

Family matters: Biblical norms and contemporary issues by Michael Schluter

This talk by Michael Schluter was recorded at the Sigapore consultation: Towards Jubilee 2015.   Listen to this episode

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Is property more than just a commodity? by Jonathan Burnside

Is property more than just a commodity? by Jonathan Burnside

Dr Jonathan Burnside discusses whether we should view property as more than just a commodity.

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Sustainable Living: not just an environmental issue

Sustainable Living: not just an environmental issue

Nick Spencer, March 2007 One cannot engage with the biblical vision for the environment in isolation from its vision for human society. This point is repeated time and again in the biblical story. Deuteronomy 29 talks about how the people’s insincere, hypocritical response to the law would turn ‘the whole land [into] a burning waste […]

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Learning from the relationships of Jesus: Part 2

Learning from the relationships of Jesus: Part 2

Chris Pain, December 2006 Broadly speaking, the gospels aim to demonstrate that Jesus was the Son of God and worthy of following – they do not seek to present a complete picture of his relationships. We only see glimpses of Jesus’ interactions with people, and what were likely to have been lengthy conversations are summed […]

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Learning from the relationships of Jesus: Part 1

Learning from the relationships of Jesus: Part 1

Chris Pain, September 2006 As regular readers will know, part of the bedrock of the Jubilee Centre’s research and activity over the last 23 years has been our understanding of Matthew 22:34–40, where Jesus is asked to name the greatest commandment. Instead, he picks two and then goes further. He does not merely say ‘these […]

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Sex and violence in Genesis

Sex and violence in Genesis

Gordon Wenham, September 2006 We recently published an article by Professor Wenham on the contribution of OT narrative to biblical ethics. Here Professor Wenham draws out some lessons about human sexuality from the quite shocking stories in Genesis, particularly the link between sexual sin and violence. Readers of Genesis will quickly come across a variety […]

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Consent versus Community: What Basis for Sexual Offences? By Jonathan Burnside

Consent versus Community: What Basis for Sexual Offences? By Jonathan Burnside

  In this major new report from the Jubilee Centre a new and powerful line of critique of contemporary sexual ethics is opened, one the Jubilee Centre is continuing to research. Our contention is that the morality of a decision regarding sexual practice can only adequately be judged when the interests of third parties are […]

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For a Divine Economy, follow the Old Testament

For a Divine Economy, follow the Old Testament

Ross Gittins, June 2006 Most of us assume the solution to problems with the economy lies in coming up with something new. But a group of Christian thinkers in Cambridge believe the answer lies in getting back to the economic model laid out in the bible. Don’t laugh. This is Easter Monday. And it’s a […]

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The Contribution of Narrative to Old Testament Ethics

The Contribution of Narrative to Old Testament Ethics

Gordon Wenham, June 2006 It is of course standard practice among preachers and commentators to draw ethical teaching from biblical narrative. It goes back to pre-Christian practice, and we find examples of it in 1 Corinthians 10, Hebrews 11 and James 5 to mention some of the more obvious NT examples. Older commentaries, as well […]

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Family Offences in Biblical Law

Family Offences in Biblical Law

Jubilee Centre, December 2005 In the last issue of Engage we addressed the three dominant themes in the recent reform of sexual offences legislation: consent, equality and protection. In this article we will consider how these themes are treated in biblical law as well as additional categories that inform the approach of Biblical law to […]

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Asylum and immigration: a Christian perspective

Asylum and immigration: a Christian perspective

Nick Spencer, September 2004 The publication of Asylum and Immigration: a Christian perspective on a polarised debate by Nick Spencer (Paternoster, 2004) begins an exciting period for the Jubilee Centre, with three separate publications hitting bookshelves over the next eight months. None of them would have been possible without the generosity and commitment of supporters, […]

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The moral authority of Scripture by Julian Rivers

The moral authority of Scripture by Julian Rivers

  Summary This paper explains the evangelical commitment to the moral authority of Scripture. After emphasising the literary diversity of Scripture and justifying the idea of moral authority, it identifies the ‘judgements’ of Scripture as the relevant authoritative component. It shows how these are to be constructed into a coherent ethic and it rejects the […]

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The Measure of all things? by Nick Spencer

The Measure of all things? by Nick Spencer

Our attitudes and behaviour, our virtual and physical public space, our politics, our principles, even our relationships are powerfully shaped by monetary considerations and suffer in consequence. The Measure of All Things? A Biblical Perspective on Money and Value in Britain Today examines how money had become the only widely accepted yardstick for value in […]

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The Status and Welfare of Immigrants by Jonathan Burnside

The Status and Welfare of Immigrants by Jonathan Burnside

Out of Print In [the current immigration] debate the biblical worldview can offer wisdom, and principles which challenge our values and prejudices, not just reflect them.  This paper has not sought to provide a thorough analysis of the contemporary debate.  Rather, it looks at how these issues are addressed in the Bible and, in particular, […]

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The City in the Bible: a relational perspective by Andrew Crook

The City in the Bible: a relational perspective by Andrew Crook

  Cities like human beings do not get a very good press in the Bible. Their origins were in sin, rebellion and violence, and they continued in this vein. However it appears that God has a redemptive plan for urban life, which will only be comlpeted with the unveiling of the New Jerusalem, but which […]

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