Is the New Testament a Trustworthy Guide to Ethics?


Is the New Testament a trustworthy guide to ethics? How can an ancient book that seemingly condones slavery and patriarchy be considered a reliable source of truth? In today’s video, Dr. Bill Arnold and Dr. Ben Witherington challenge the common assumption that the Bible condones these practices. Rather, they suggest that reading Scripture through a trajectory lens reveals that the kingdom of God was sowing seeds to upturn these ancient practices.

Read more on the topic of women, slaves, and homosexuals here. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary for an example of how key historical insights undermine popular interpretations of biblical passages about women.

View the rest of the videos in this series:
What Bible Did Jesus Use?
The Divine-Human Authorship of Scripture
The Bible Must Be Read in Context
Is the Bible Still Relevant?
Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament?
Christians and the Old Testament
How to Interpret the Bible Correctly

Find all of our resources on Scripture here. Read articles from Dr. Bill Arnold here. Watch more videos from Dr. Ben Witherington here. Explore our OneBook Bible Study resources here.

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Bill Arnold is professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a "cradle Methodist," having been raised in a Methodist parsonage. When not traveling, he teaches an adult Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. He enjoys Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati baseball, although his wife finds something else to do when games are too intense. He and Susan are survivors of three sons, who are now beginning to provide grandchildren in order to atone for all their offenses against their parents.