Tag: Old Testament

God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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Book Review: God, Justice and Society by Jonathan Burnside

Book Review: God, Justice and Society by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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A Christian Response to Immigration by Guy Brandon

A Christian Response to Immigration by Guy Brandon

  Immigration is a live and perennial issue, and often prompts polarised and unhelpful responses from politicians, the media and the public. Our default viewpoint is frequently one of suspicion, a simplistic reaction that assumes immigrants all come for the same reason and have identical motives. The Old Testament’s approach to immigration was far more […]

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The media’s false prophets

The media’s false prophets

by Guy Brandon The link between the Old Testament prophets and our modern media might not seem immediately obvious. The distance between the two grows larger still with the revelations of the Leveson inquiry, which take more shocking forms every day. Last week Tony Blair’s former Director of Communications and Strategy, Alastair Campbell, described elements […]

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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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Eight questions of faith about Sundays by Michael Schluter

Eight questions of faith about Sundays by Michael Schluter

  In this short paper, Michael Schluter answers the following eight questions: 1. Why is Sunday different from the Old Testament Sabbath? 2. How did Jesus use His Sabbaths? 3. Did the apostles keep Sunday special? 4. What can we learn from OT Sabbath teaching? 5. Is legalism still a threat today? 6. Does God […]

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Interest in interest: the Old Testament ban on interest and its implications for today by Paul Mills

Interest in interest: the Old Testament ban on interest and its implications for today by Paul Mills

  Christians rarely think twice about lending or borrowing money at interest. Bank deposits, savings accounts and mortgages are accepted as necessary features of modern life. Considering the antipathy of the Church to interest for three-quarters of her history and the strength of biblical condemnation of the practice, this is a remarkable reversal of attitude…

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