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Baker Academic Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics

The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics is a comprehensive reference book that parses out the challenging but vital relationship between Scripture and ethics. It offers needed orientation and perspective for students, pastors, and scholars, and is Written to respond to a movement among biblical scholars and ethicists to recover the Bible for moral formation.

As such, it is the only comprehensive work of this magnitude available on the intersection of these two fields. The volume shows how Christian Scripture and Christian ethics are necessarily intertwined and offers up-to-date treatment of five hundred biblical, traditional, and contemporary topics, ranging from adultery, bioethics, and Colossians to vegetarianism, work, and Zephaniah. The stellar ecumenical list of contributors consists of more than two hundred leading scholars from the fields of biblical studies and ethics.

They Include:

Biblical Studies Scholars:
  • A. K. M. Adam
  • Bill T. Arnold
  • Bruce C. Birch
  • Darrell L. Bock
  • Mark J. Boda
  • William P. Brown
  • Richard A. Burridge
  • M. Daniel Carroll R.
  • Stephen B. Chapman
  • Lynn H. Cohick
  • David A. deSilva
  • Chip Dobbs-Allsopp
  • John R. Donahue, SJ
  • Victor Paul Furnish
  • John Goldingay
  • Michael J. Gorman
  • Barbara Green
  • Daniel J. Harrington
  • Ralph W. Klein
  • Richard N. Longenecker
  • J. Richard Middleton
  • Thomas W. Ogletree
  • Dennis T. Olson
  • Leo G. Perdue
  • Anathea Portier-Young
  • Mark Allan Powell
  • Carolyn Pressler
  • Brian Rosner
  • Choon-Leong Seow
  • William M. Swartley


  • Contributing Ethicists Include:
  • James T. Bretzke, SJ
  • Ellen T. Charry
  • Kevin Corcoran
  • Miguel A. De La Torre
  • Thomas Finger
  • Jeffrey P. Greenman
  • David P. Gushee
  • Amy Laura Hall
  • Craig Hovey
  • Beth Felker Jones
  • Brad J. Kallenberg
  • James Keenan, SJ
  • D. Brent Laytham
  • James W. Lewis
  • D. Stephen Long
  • Ramsn Luzarraga
  • M. Therese Lysaught
  • Hugo Magallanes
  • David Matzko McCarthy
  • Mark Thiessen Nation
  • Christine D. Pohl
  • Stephen Post
  • Wyndy Corbin Reuschling
  • Joel James Shuman
  • Ronald J. Sider
  • Max L. Stackhouse
  • Glen H. Stassen
  • Paul J. Wadell
  • Sondra E. Wheeler
  • Jonathan R. Wilson
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    Very disappointing

    Date:February 17, 2012
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    While this resource is not entirely bad, I did find that it has enough articles written from a liberal perspective that I was very disappointed with it and returned my copy for a refund. This was not an easy decision for me, as I really tried to like this book. But I simply grew tired of doing mental combat with the authors of the various articles as they seek to undermine the truth and trustworthiness of Scripture. (If you operate from a theologically conservative worldview and enjoy having your beliefs challenged rather than affirmed, you might actually enjoy this book.) In that respect, I find the title of the book to be very misleading, to say nothing of the glowing endorsements.
    Three examples: 1. The article on "Poverty and Poor" gives the distinct impression that the vast majority of the poverty in the world is due to the wealthy oppressing the poor. What about the book of Proverbs? you may ask. Well, that doesn't count since Proverbs was written from an aristocratic point of view (= from aristocrats to aristocrats). 2. The article on "Homosexuality" seeks to muddy the clear waters of Scripture with the muck of cultural relativism, and leaves one with the impression that we living in (post)modern times might well do better in relying more on our enlightened thinking and less on an ancient text that is difficult, if not impossible, to properly interpret. 3. The article on race and racism (title?) vilifies anyone who does not endorse every liberal talking point on the topic. Don't have racist feelings, use racist language, or judge people by their skin color? Well don't think you're off the hook, since you are probably a "latent" racist.
    I must say that I am both highly disappointed and very surprised at Baker. They missed a golden opportunity to produce a solidly conservative resource built on God's inspired, inerrant Word, the Bible. I can only hope that this is an anomaly and not an indication of entrenched liberal influence and/or leadership at Baker Academic.
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