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Living as the People of God: Relevance of Old Testament Ethics Paperback – 16 Jan 1984


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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (16 Jan 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851113206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851113203
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Old Testament's pattern for living together as God's people.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TP on 9 Jan 2006
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Christopher Wright makes no claim to be an economist, nor a politician, lawyer, or sociologist, nor does he claim any expertise in these areas. Nonetheless, the terminology and study methodology used for this book could as easily be applied to a 21st century text on contemporary society or corporate strategic management as he considers matters philosophical, religious, political, economic, legal, and technical. He does this from the context of Israel in Old Testament times, developing themes to incorporate eschatology and the New Testament, and finally superimposes earlier findings with applicability to the modern world. Interestingly, the key emergent theme to the book is the typology which points to the direct relevance to 21st century society of the construction of Israel as a nation, its social perspectives and rules, relationship with the land (as the key driver of economic activity), and its relationship with God.
To demonstrate interrelationships within the framework of Old Testament ethics Wright initially uses a triangular model in which the points of the triangle represent God (theological angle), Israel (social angle), and Land (economic angle). He develops the model by overlaying further triangles to integrate thoughts and connections to a fallen world, and to incorporate an eschatological perspective and New Testament theology.
Worthy of note is Wright’s care in pointing out that the land Israel is under stewardship rather than ownership. The notion of the physical land occupied by the Israel of today is of relevance to the modern reader. Rather, the concept of `land’ following the birth of Christ encapsulates all peoples and the planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr on 27 April 2013
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I would recommend this book highly to anyone interested in the relevance of the the Laws of the Old Testament to our understanding of the New Testament. In effect, what Wright does is to place into context the individual within in the Kingdom of God by examining the relationship between the individual and society within the broader context of God's relationship with His chosen people in the Old Testament.
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