THE HEBREW BIBLE AND METAETHICS: A PHILOSOPHICAL INTRODUCTION

JW Gericke

Abstract



In the discipline of Biblical Ethics (Hebrew Bible) the concern lies with descriptive and
normative ethics whereas questions pertaining to metaethics are frequently bracketed. As a
result, very little attention has been paid to the semantic, epistemological and metaphysical
assumptions underlying in the Hebrew Bible's moral discourse. In response to this state of
affairs, this paper seeks to make a plea for the introduction of metaethics within the field of
Biblical Ethics by demonstrating how this line of inquiry can be simultaneously philosophical
and hermeneutically valid in terms of research problems, objectives and methodology.
The study concludes with a cursive introduction to three interesting metaethical
problems in connection with biblical assumptions regarding the divinity-morality relation
when viewed from the perspective of the Euthyphro Dilemma, the Principle of Sufficient
Reason and the question of morality and meaning in the divine condition.

Keywords


Hebrew Bible, Metaethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Analysis, Divinity and Morality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/103-0-595

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