THE DECALOGUE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: TRADITION, ETHOS, AND IDENTITY

Jeremy Punt

Abstract


The presence of the Torah and Decalogue in the New Testament is understandable, given
their shared Jewish context; however, the manifestation and utilisation of the Decalogue in
the New Testament is as ubiquitous and explicit as it is complex, multi-vocal and
multivalent. In this paper two related, important aspects will be argued: firstly, the ethical
notions and patterns that emerge in the New Testament, also around and in relation to the
Decalogue, naturally have to be understood within their first-century context (or will not be
understood at all). Secondly, rather than ‘ethics’, the ethos formations that can be
constructed from the New Testament stand in different ways yet in close relation to
emerging processes of identity negotiation discernible in New Testament texts. Considering
the intersections between Torah/Decalogue, ethos and identity in the New Testament can
contribute to discussions on human rights

Keywords


Decalogue; Ethos; Identity; Jewish Tradition; Torah

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/106-0-151

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