Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible

Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible


By (author) William P. Brown

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 30mm | 717g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802845398
  • ISBN 13: 9780802845399
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 821,370

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Recent studies of the biblical story of creation try to uncover its roots in ancient Near Eastern myths or its compatibility with modern science and ecology. In contrast, this work by William Brown investigates how the various pictures of creation found in Scripture helped shape the ancient faith community's moral character. Bridging the fields of biblical studies and ethics, this interdisciplinary work demonstrates how certain creation traditions of the Old and New Testaments were developed from the community's moral imagination for the purpose of forming and preserving both Israel's and the early church's identity in the world. Bringing to light insights largely overlooked by modern treatments of biblical ethics and creation, The Ethos of the Cosmos ends by recommending the formative power of creation for the contemporary church.

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