Demanding Our Attention: The Hebrew Bible as a Source for Christian Ethics  -     By: Emily Arndt
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Demanding Our Attention: The Hebrew Bible as a Source for Christian Ethics

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Paperback

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What can we possibly learn about our relationships to others from reading a story about an ancient father who raised a knife to slaughter his beloved only son?

Contemporary Christian ethicists, faced with such dilemmas, are often tempted to treat the Hebrew Bible in a limited, distanced, and even dismissive way. Yet Emily Arndt here argues that those ancient scriptures can be a vital resource for Christian ethical studies.

She focuses on a close analysis of the akedah - the story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac - to demonstrate the power of even the most troubling and uncomfortable Old Testament narratives to teach valuable lessons and develop in us the disposition and skills we need to relate authentically and ethically to others.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802865690
ISBN-13: 9780802865694
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What can we possibly learn about our relationships to others from reading the story of an ancient father who raised a knife to slaughter his beloved only son? Contemporary Christian ethicists, faced with such dilemmas, are often tempted to treat the Hebrew Bible in a limited, distanced, and even dismissive way. Yet Emily Arndt here argues that ancient scriptures can be a vital resource for Christian ethical studies today. Focusing on a close analysis of the akedah — the story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac — she demonstrates the power of even the most troubling and uncomfortable Old Testament narratives to teach valuable ethical lessons. Placing ourselves in relationship to such complex, perhaps un-resolvable, and always challenging sacred texts, she says, is in itself a practice that can help us learn to relate authentically and ethically to others. “This is a fully formed, sophisticated, and beautifully written book, offering an important contribution to the field of theological ethics. . . . A fitting tribute to a scholarly career that was cut short all too soon.” — Jean Porter (from the foreword)

Author Bio

Emily Arndt (19712007) was assistant professor of theology at Georgetown University.

Editorial Reviews

“The sadly posthumous appearance of Christian ethicist Emily Arndt’s Demanding Our Attention marks a brave attempt, and one rare among professional ethicists, to cross over from her own discipline to that of the biblical specialist, and to do so by engaging in a close and sustained reading of one of the most famously challenging and subversive texts in the Hebrew Bible. In choosing the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22) as her case study . . . Arndt illustrates the transformative possibilities latent in the act of close, attentive, and imaginative reading of biblical narrative — in effect, a different way of doing ethics.”
— Joseph Blenkinsopp
University of Notre Dame

“This is a fully formed, sophisticated, and beautifully written book, offering an important contribution to the field of theological ethics. . . . A fitting tribute to a scholarly career that was cut short all too soon.”
— Jean Porter (from foreword)

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