This article deals with the book of Judges from an ethical perspective. The author writes from the conviction that Judges is rich in ethical insight even though there are not direct prescriptions by way of laws or rules of conduct. Judges deals with the community of faith as the place and context for moral formation. The concept of irony is worked with to indicate how life without God looks like.
Many people find the subject of Old Testament ethics a difficult one to deal with. Kaiser considers some of the reasons for the lack of interest in Old Testament ethics.
How relevant is the Old Testament for Christian ethics and how should it be used? The purpose of this first part of a two-part article is to survey some approaches to the question, both ancient and modern, examining assumptions and methods. Special notice is given to the early church, the time of the Reformation, and the modern period.
This essay argues that according to the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Christian church's only obligation towards the Old Testament judicial laws is one of "general equity." However, opinions vary as to how these words must be interpreted in the context of the Reconstructionist movement (Theonomy debate).