The latest issue of Ethics in Brief, published by The Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, is now available online:
Mark Glanville, ‘Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality’, Ethics in Brief 22, 2 (2017).
Here is the summary:
‘This article argues that the Ten Commandments summoned ancient Israel to live as a community of mutual care where every person could flourish, especially the most vulnerable. Interpreting the Ten Commandments in their narrative context of oppression in Egypt and the exodus event and also in its relation to the law corpora of the Pentateuch clarifies that this text functions as a critique of Egypt’s oppressive economic regime and thereby of any economic practice that privileges wealth and consolidated power. Giving allegiance to Yahweh must include living in the ethical trajectory of exodus, through which Yahweh has birthed the community.’