For decades, John Goldingay has accessibly expressed ideas about the Bible with insight, clarity, and freshness. Readers will be happy to see these skills at work in this volume on OT ethics.

By design, this book has no cumulative argument (p. vii). Instead, its chapters are self-contained overviews of what the Bible says on a variety of ethical topics and in a variety of texts. The book consists of 5 parts. Each part has 8–11 chapters. Each chapter is 4–8 pages in length. The author admits that the chapters can be read in any order (p. vii). While the book touches on present-day ethical issues and ethically disturbing texts, the author’s goal is not to focus on these topics. Rather, he wants to “focus more on what is the Old Testament’s own agenda and how it raises questions that we have to respond to” (p. 2).

After a preface and...

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