This “stating it” is all the present study tries to do; to let the Jesus story so speak that the person concerned with social ethics, as accustomed as such a person is to a set of standard ways to assume Jesus not to be relevant to social issues, or at least not relevant immediately, can hear.
I propose to read the Gospel narrative with the constantly present question, “Is there here a social ethic?”
the concerns of biblical scholarship. 2. I will secondly state the case for considering Jesus, when thus understood, to be not only relevant but also normative for a contemporary Christian social ethic.
Our interest is in the prophetic use of the jubilee vision. The place of Leviticus 25 in the Bible kept alive the vision of an age when economic life would start over from scratch; and the testimony of Isaiah 61 demonstrates its fruitfulness as a vision of the coming renewal.