Need Advice on Research (Paul and ethics)

In the next section of my research I am working on, I am doing a whirlwind tour of Paul’s ethical framework.  I aim to read the top 15-20 books on the subject.  I have created a rough list, but I was hoping any of you ethicists and/or Paulinists could draw to my attention other books.  Please note, though, that I am not interested in any specific ethical issues (homosexuality, abortion, death penalty, etc…) and I only want to deal with the problem of the ‘law’ within a larger interest in ethics (and not soteriology).  Here is my list:

1. W. Meeks, The Moral World of the First Christians (1986)

2. V.P. Furnish, Theology and Ethics in Paul (1968 )

3. A. Verhey, The Great Reversal (1984)

4. F. Matera, New Testament Ethics (1996)

5. R.B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the NT (1996)

6. B. Rosner, Understanding Paul’s Ethics (1995)

7. E. Lovering and J. Sumney, eds., Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters (1996)

8. P. Sampley, Walking Between the Times (1991)

9. D. Horrell, Solidarity and Difference (2005)

10. W.P. Brown, Character and Scripture (2002)

11. R. Burridge, Imitating Jesus (2008 )

12. B. Brock, Singing the Ethos of God (2007)

What else can others recommend (specifically on Paul, but ethics in Paul on a broad level)?


6 thoughts on “Need Advice on Research (Paul and ethics)

  1. What about

    Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters – Essays in Honor of Victor Paul Furnish
    Eugene H. Lovering, Jerry L. Sumney
    Paperback, 288 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-0-687-00767-7
    Published by Abingdon Press

    I haven’t read it myself, but have heard it’s a great engagement with Furnish’s classic.

  2. My dissertation when I am done! I am trying to place Paul’s perspective on the law’s function in ethical living, as voiced in the letter/Spirit antithesis in Romans, in the context of Diaspora Jewish perspectives on the Mosaic law and Greco-Roman perspectives on the place of law in ethical living. Right now I am plowing through some Greco-Roman moral philosophers. With the exception of Meeks, as far as I have read, few really have tried to see what comes of this recipe.

    If you are interested in the problem of the law in relation to ethics, there are a handful of important articles on the topic, of which you may be familiar. But it seems you are mostly interested in important books. If you want a list of the articles, I can send it off to you.


  3. Njjay: Although it does not consider a wide range of texts, I would look at Steve Fowl’s The Story of Christ in the Ethics of Paul.

  4. I was just reading The Genius of Paul by Samuel Sandmel and he recommends The Ethics of Paul by Morton Scott Enslin. It’s somewhat old (1930) but you might want to have a look.

  5. Something else you might want to check out is:

    Zerbe, Gordon M. 1993. Non-Retaliation in Early Jewish and New Testament Texts: Ethical Themes in Social Contexts. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplemental Series 13. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

    Zerbe’s got a very interesting chapter on Paul and non-violence that I’m incorporating into my dissertation on Paul and Non-Violence.

    Grace and Peace,


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