The Ethics of the Enactment and Reception of Cruciform Love 978-3-16-156357-7 - Mohr Siebeck
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John Frederick

The Ethics of the Enactment and Reception of Cruciform Love

A Comparative Lexical, Conceptual, Exegetical, and Theological Study of Colossians 3:1–17

[Ethik als Rezeption und Nachvollzug des Kreuzesgeschehens. Eine vergleichende lexikalische, begriffliche, exegetische und theologische Untersuchung von Kolosser 3,1–17.]

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In this book, John Frederick critiques the view that Paul was operating from a Hellenistic understanding of moral formation. Rather, the ethics of Colossians were derived from the Jewish Two Ways tradition reinterpreted through a theology of Christ-like transformation through the enactment and reception of cruciform love.
In this book, John Frederick compares the words and the governing ethical pattern of thought in the catalogue of virtue and vice in Colossians 3:5, 8, 12–17 with contemporaneous Greco-Roman and Jewish texts. He critiques the arguments of scholars who have proposed that Paul is operating from a Stoic, Cynic, or Aristotelian ethical pattern of thought. On the basis of these comparisons the author argues that the ethical terms and concepts of Colossians are most directly influenced by the words and concepts found in the texts of the Jewish traditions. Also, several of the ethical terms and concepts in Colossians are absent and/or uncommon in the Greco-Roman sources surveyed but widely attested in the Jewish sources. Colossians presents ethical material in the Jewish Two Ways tradition that is driven by a governing pattern of thought which focuses on Christ-like transformation through the enactment and reception of cruciform love.
Authors/Editors

John Frederick Born 1981; MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; PhD in New Testament from the University of St. Andrews; 2011–13 adjunct lecturer in New Testament Greek at the University of St. Andrews; 2014–17 Assistant Professor of New Testament, Theology and Worship at Grand Canyon University; currently lecturer in New Testament at Trinity College Queensland and Flinders University.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 64 (2020), p. 150
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 42 (2020), pp. 100–101 (Michael J. Lakey)