n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Imitating Jesus : an inclusive approach to New Testament ethics, Richard A. Burridge : book review

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



In this ground-breaking study, Richard Burridge, Dean and Director of New Testament Studies at King's College in London, approaches the ethical teaching of the New Testament from the perspective of a narratological-biographical reading of the Gospels. Contrary to many other studies on this topic, Burridge forcefully argues that Jesus should always be the origin and starting point of such an undertaking. He argues that Jesus' ethics cannot be divorced from his own preaching on the kingdom of God, with the double command to love God and neighbour at its very heart. From this hermeneutical perspective, Burridge shows that the imitation of Jesus is the real issue at stake. Believers are called to imitate his life, words, and actions. In other words, we must emulate his open acceptance of others, especially sinners and outcasts.

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