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Imitating Jesus

imitating jesusImitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing in 2009.  The prize was inaugurated by Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, to encourage the most promising theological writing and to identify it for a wider Christian readership.

The Dean gave a series of interviews for the Centre for Public Christianity in Australia, discussing many of the themes and concerns you will find in Imitating Jesus.  You can watch short videos of the interviews on the Centre for Public Christianity webpages.


Walter Wink, Auburn Theological Seminary

'In this monumental work Richard Burridge has identified the fundamental questions facing South African theology today: How can we insure that apartheid will never happen again?  His answer is pertinent to the entire theological world: by following and imitating Jesus.  No imitation of Jesus could justify such violence and oppression or condone schemes of "separate development" or noninclusivity. Imitating Jesus says it all, but it is only the beginning of the fruitful reward of Burridge's contribution.'

Allen Verhey, Duke Divinity School
'Richard Burridge's Imitating Jesus is a welcome addition to the literature on New Testament ethics.  I commend it - and recommend it -  for its attention to the story of Jesus as the foundation of New Testament ethics, for its attention to genre, for its emphasis on both the rigorous moral teachings and the radically inclusive acceptance of the New Testament, and for its emphasis on the hermeneutical significance of reading the Bible in an inclusive community.'

You can find further reviews for Imitating Jesus on the Eerdmans webpages here.

You can purchase the book on Amazon or from Eerdmans. A number of the Dean's books are also available to purchase directly from the Office of the Dean on the Strand Campus - please contact the Dean to make an enquiry.

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