Book review: Toward Old Testament Ethics, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Title: Toward Old Testament Ethics Author: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Publisher: Zondervan, 1991 Length: 368 pages Reviewer: Lance Quinn Available on Amazon Recommended. Kaiser first begins by saying he believes that “it is possible to trace out a consistent and unified approach to Old Testament ethics, even though the types of biblical literature in which it is embedded are as varied as narratives, law codes, wisdom injunctions, or prophetic oracles” (p. 3).  He then proposes to define and provide a methodology for OT ethics (chapters 1-4).  In chapter one, he says this, regarding OT ethics: “The Old Testament cannot discuss religion apart from morality or faith that does not issue in right character and life” (p. 4).  In essence, what is theistic is ethical and vice-versa.  Kaiser then presents OT ethics as: (1) Personal; (2) Theistic; (3) Internal; (4) Future Oriented; and (5) Universal.  That is, they are commanded by God to man; they are because God is holy and He demands holiness on the part of His people; they are ethics which involves both the actions and the heart of man; they are looking toward their ultimate fulfillment in Christ; and they are ethics which reach across any individual to encompass…