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Power, Service, Humility
A New Testament Ethic

By Reinhard Feldmeier

Power, Service, Humility
Paperback, 155 pages $19.95
Published: 1st March 2014
ISBN: 9781481300254
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All Ethics , New Testament

Since ancient times, depictions of the divine have been painted with the colors of divine power. Not surprisingly, power language became a central part of the New Testament’s understanding of God and human relationships. In Power, Service, Humility, biblical scholar Reinhard Feldmeier reads across the New Testament canon—the Gospels, Pauline epistles, and Revelation of John—to distinguish two ways in which power works. Feldmeier’s chief claim is that power based on oppression, the kind Satan offers Christ, is a far different kind of power than the empowerment that God grants Jesus in the resurrection. Further, Feldmeier demonstrates the antithetical link between worldly power and the power present in Christ-like service and humility. As Feldmeier discovers, the differences between sacred and secular power have dramatic implications for how humans handle power within the church and beyond. Power, Service, Humility provokes thoughtful considerations of both human and divine relationships with power and power’s holy place within the Christian faith. 

Prelude with the Devil

1 Power

2 Service

3 Humility

4 Once Again: Power




"...in bringing together the themes of power, service and humility in a mutually enriching way, Feldmeier has made a very helpful contribution to a scripturally-informed Christian ethics."

—Stephen C. Barton, Studies in Christian Ethics

"This book offers many generative thoughts...[Power, Service, Humility] would be well suited to a collegiate or graduate level scriptural study of power or biblical ethics."

—Nelson M. E. B. Reveley, Univeristy of Virginia, Religious Studies Review

“Few have approached this topic with the exegetical insight and theological depth that Reinhard Feldmeier manifests in this volume. Writing with clarity and passion, he provides readers with an ethic that reveals the paradoxical relationship between power, service, and humility in the New Testament.”

—Frank J. Matera, Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America

"...Feldmeier’s Power, Service, Humility will challenge New Testament scholars, pastors, and lay leaders to reconfigure their ideas of power in accordance with the biblical text, with the intended goal of promoting relationships of mutual enhancement rather than diabolical tyranny."

—David E. Briones, Reformation Bible College, Review of Biblical Literature

Reinhard Feldmeier is Professor of New Testament, Georg-August-University, Göttingen. He is the co-author of God of the Living: A Biblical Theology. He resides in Göttingen, Germany.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 155 pages
 8.5in x 5.5in

  REL006220, REL028000
 Baylor University Press

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