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New Testament Ethics
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1. Jesus. The new religious message of Jesus is closely linked to a new ethics, which is fully understandable, however, only against the background of the ОТ and the eschatological mission of the Messiah.

a) Relationship to Old Testament and Jewish ethics. All Jesus’ ethical thinking takes the ОТ as its base. The will of God remains for Jesus the supreme norm of moral action (Mt 6:10; 7:21; Mk 3:35 par.; Lk 12:47; Jn7:17), and hence obedience to God, service of God with undivided heart, is the decisive attitude called for from man (Mt …

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Rudolf Schnackenburg, “New Testament Ethics”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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