Though most of the “virtues” in the Bible would have found little welcome in Aristotle’s world of Athens, some of the Bible—its Hebraic tradition especially—contains moral concepts that, in form, can be considered Aristotelian.
Instead of pointing to a single teaching about pandemics in the bible, or various skin dysfunctions, to figure out what the biblical authors would think about COVID-19, Dru Johnson considers two recurring principles across Scripture.
Surprisingly, the destructiveness, and even violence, evident within Abraham and Sarah’s family are exactly what suits it to God’s restorative purpose. This family is God’s answer to a violent and destructive world.
When reading biblical narratives with multifaceted characters and complex situations, the reader is challenged to decipher ethical ambiguity, think through conflicts, and discover the implications for everyday life.