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The servant-ethic in the New Testament /
Philippa Carter.
New York : Peter Lang, c1997.
155 p. ; 24 cm.
0820433934 (alk. paper)
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New York : Peter Lang, c1997.
0820433934 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [133]-150) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-03-01:
Carter (McMaster Univ.) argues that NT ethics is dominated by the so-called "servant-ethic"; she believes it runs with varying intensity and application through all major NT writings, which she groups as Synoptics, John, Pauline letters, and "other New Testament writings" (discussed are Acts, Colossians, Ephesians, the "Pastorals," Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter). Some of these materials receive broad analysis (the four Gospels, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Philippians); others are more perfunctorily treated (e.g., Acts). Regrettably, the Book of Revelation is referred to in only two brief references. Carter believes this servant-ethic derives from Mark's paradigmatic portrayal of the historical Jesus as the Son of Man who "came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)," a model for Christian living that was recast into other NT paradigms such as the fourth Gospel's foot-washing ceremony and Paul's description of Christ who is both "in the form of God," and "in the form of a servant (Phil. 2:5 f.)." Carter admits, though, that the application of this servant motif in later writings (e.g., Pastorals, Colossians, Ephesians) focused more on relationships to those within the community than to the broader world. Carter's arguments are well stated and easily followed, and her coverage of primary NT materials is thoroughly attentive to critical issues involved. Very helpful notes, especially for students with limited backgrounds in the field; excellent 17-page bibliography especially useful for undergraduates; useful index of NT references. For all libraries serving programs in religious and theological studies. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. R. F. Berkey Mount Holyoke College
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Servant-Ethic in the Synoptic Gospelsp. 13
The Servant-Ethic in the Johannine Writingsp. 37
The Undisputed Letters of Paul and the Servant-Ethicp. 49
The Servant-Ethic in Other New Testament Writingsp. 75
The Servant-Ethic - Conclusions and Implicationsp. 93
Notesp. 105
Bibliographyp. 133
Index of Biblical Passagesp. 151
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