Further readings on New Testament, virtue, and ethics

I just finished reading Tom Wright’s After You Believe and he listed the following books at the end of his book as further readings on the three topics: New Testament, virtue, and ethics.


New Testament ethics:

1. Richard Burridge, Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics, Eerdmans.

2. Richard B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics, HarperSanFrancisco.

Background studies of moral discourse of early Christianity:

3. Abraham J. Malherbe, Moral Exhortation: A Greco-Roman Sourcebook, WJK.

4. Wayne Meeks, The Moral World of the First Christians, UK: WJK/US: SPCK.

5. Wayne Meeks, The Origins of Christian Morality: The First Two Centuries, Yale University Press.

A study of the Jewish context of Pauline ethics:

6. Markus Bockmuehl, Jewish Law in Gentile Churches: Halakah and the Beginning of Christian Public Ethics, T & T Clark.

Two books of biblical theology which were helpful for the author when he was thinking through ethics and virtue:

7. J. Richard Middleton, The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1, Brazos.

8. G. K. Beale, The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, InterVarsity Press.

Books on virtue and New Testament:

9. Joseph J. Kotva Jr, The Christian Case for Virtue Ethics, Georgetown University Press.

10. Daniel J. Harrington and James F. Keenan, Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology, Sheed & Ward.

11. Graham Tomlin, Spiritual Fitness: Christian Character in a Consumer Society, Continuum.

Christian ethics:

12. Jennifer A. Herdt, Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of Splendid Vices, University of Chicago Press.

13. Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, University of Notre Dame Press.

14. Stanley Hauerwas, Christians Among the Virtues: Theological Conversations with Ancient and Modern Ethics, University of Notre Dame Press.

15. Stanley Hauerwas, A Community of Character, University of Notre Dame Press.

16. Samuel Wells, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, Brazos.

17. Samuel Wells, God’s Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics, Blackwell.

18. David S. Cunningham, Christian Ethics: The End of the Law, Routledge.

19. Oliver O’Donovan, Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics, UK: Inter-Varsity Press/US: Eerdmans.


20. Simon Blackburn, Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics, Oxford University Press.

21. A. C. Grayling, Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God, Oxford University Press.

22. Andre Comte-Sponville, A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life, Vintage.

Neuroscience and moral and spiritual life:

23. John Medina, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, Pear Press.

24. Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature, Templeton Foundation Press.

25. Joel B. Green, Body, Soul and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible, Baker.


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