Emotional Ethics in Biblical Texts: Cultural Construction and Biological Bases of Morality - 10.1628/219222717X15235367195631 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Thomas Kazen

Emotional Ethics in Biblical Texts: Cultural Construction and Biological Bases of Morality

Volume 6 () / Issue 4, pp. 431-456 (26)

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In the evolution of human beings as a successful social species, emotions have played a crucial role. This article focuses on the role of empathy for moral discernment, and especially on its role for an expanding altruism. Although a cultural construct, morality rests on emotional underpinnings which have ensured the survival of humankind. Some of these mechanisms are illustrated by a discussion of select biblical and Second Temple period Jewish texts, including texts from the Covenant Code, Deuteronomy, the Holiness Code, Proverbs, Genesis, and ben Sira. Special attention is given to definitions of altruism, the role of kin, and potentials for expanding empathy beyond assumed limits.
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Thomas Kazen Born 1960; since 1990 Minister in the Uniting Church in Sweden (previously Swedish Covenant Church); 2002 ThD in New Testament Exegesis (Uppsala); since 2010 Professor in Biblical Studies at Stockholm School of Theology.