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Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics (Murray)

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This classic study by theologian John Murray clearly shows the organic unity and continuity of the biblical ethic. Murray addresses ethical questions relating to such topics as marriage, labor, capital punishment, truthfulness, Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, law and grace, and the fear of God. Though the Ten Commandments furnish the core of the biblical ethic, Murray points the reader again and again to all of Scripture as the basic authority in matters of Christian conduct.

Table of Contents: 

  1. Introductory Questions
  2. Creation Ordinances
  3. The Marriage Ordinance and Procreation
  4. The Ordinance of Labor
  5. The Sanctity of Life
  6. Our Lord’s Teaching
  7. Law and Grace
  8. The Dynamic of the Biblical Ethic
  9. The Fear of God


A. The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men (Genesis 6:1-4)

B. Additional Note on Leviticus 18:16, 18 

C. Additional Note on 1 Corinthians 5:1 

D. The Presbyterian Church in the USA and Slavery 

E. Antinomianism 



Professor John Murray (1898-1975) was recognized in his own lifetime as one of the leading Reformed theologians in the English-speaking world. He spent most of his distinguished career teaching systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. A careful scholar, an eloquent lecturer, a moving preacher, and the author of many outstanding articles and books, Murray’s driving passions were to declare Christ’s Word, advance his cause, and bless his people.