The Moral Teaching of the New Testament Author:Rudolph Schnackenburg Published 1965. — Translated from the revised German edition (1962). — In the spiritual renewal which is everywhere evident in the modern Church few fields have been so thoroughly revised and reformed as that of moral theology. Without its practical value to confessors and spiritual directors being in any way lessened, it has developed into a spe... more »culative discipline of interest in its own right to philosophers and students of biblical, dogmatic, and ascetic theology. The works of scholars such as Haring, Gilleman, Carpentier, and Ranwez, all testify to this development. However, the majority of these studies have been efforts at organizing a complete system of Christian moral doctrine; while necessarily relying on scriptural teachings, they ahve been devoted not primarily to an appraisal of ithe biblical sources but to the creation of a scientific synthesis.
This book provides the indispensable scriptural basis for any such scientific structure. It does not impose a preconceived framework on the New Testament, but allows the biblical text to engender its own categories. The result is a fresh and scholarly understanding of the actual teaching of Jesus.« less