In this study of New Testament ethics, Verhey examines the ethics of Jesus, for it is there the tradition begins, and analyzes how the early church handed down Jesus' words and deeds in the development of a moral tradition. He also examines that tradition as it came to canonical expression in the New Testament writings.
Verhey then focuses on the use of the New Testament in the continuing moral tradition of the church, surveying proposals for the use of Scripture, identifying critical methodological questions, and defending a “modest proposal” for the use of Scripture.
Praise for the Print Edition
Equally well-versed in Biblical criticism and ethical theory, Dr. Verhey has done much to bridge the gap between these two fields. His careful depiction of the various ethics in the New Testament has shown how the Bible can and should illuminate and inform our moral existence.
—Stanley Hauerwas, University of Notre Dame
A major contribution to the growing body of literature on the relationship between the Bible and Christian Ethics…. It sets a standard for all future work in this area… Essential for serious students of the Bible and Christian Ethics.
—C. Freeman Sleeper, Roanoke College
The best of the recent studies which try to bridge the distance between critical New Testament scholarship and Ethics…. Particularly important for its close and consistent focus on the texts and issues themselves. While never idiosyncratic, it retains a fresh vision and sustains a clear argument.
—Luke Timothy Johnson, Indiana University
- Title: The Great Reversal: Ethics and the New Testament
- Author: Allen Verhey
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 1984
- Pages: 247
About Allen Verhey
Allen Verhey Dr. Allen Verhey is currently Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC. Receiving his B.A. from Calvin College and B.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary, Verhey completed his Ph.D. work at Yale University, focusing in New Testament and Christian Ethics. He directed the Institute of Religion at the Texas Medical Center for two years and served as the Blekkink Professor of Religion at Hope College for ten. He has long been at the forefront of Christian life issues in medical ethics, lecturing on topics such as stem cell research, spirituality and medicine, and ethical issues in hospice care.
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