Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan. The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield/Sheed and Ward, 2012.
In this fine study Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan focuses on the Decalogue and the Beatitudes as formative of virtuous community and character. It makes a significant contribution to the important conversation about the relation of Scripture and Christian Ethics not only because these Biblical passages surely count among the most important and influential biblical passages for Christian Ethics but also because of its innovative use of the virtue tradition as the mode of exposition. Moreover, the epilogue comparing his exposition to the Confucian tradition is a brief but important contribution to comparative ethics. It's a good book, and I welcome it. - Allen Verhey, Duke Divinity School
Lucas Chan skillfully brings together biblical exegesis and ethical theory in this excellent book. He is a bridge builder across cultures, east and west, and confessional differences, Catholic and Protestant. Yet the truly masterful achievement of Chan’s work is the ability to cross over and back between biblical scholars and moral theologians to develop a biblical ethic that is insightful and wise. -Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M., chair, Theology Department, Boston College
Lúcás Chan combines responsible exegesis with sophisticated ethical theory in a way that is all too rare in studies of biblical ethics. Rooted in Catholic tradition, he draws on Calvin as well as Aquinas and even interacts with Confucianism. This is a stimulating and important contribution to the study of biblical values. -John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale University
This book constitutes a major step forward in the blending of biblical studies and ethics. Moreover, it brings together scholarly research, wisdom, and practical insights for our daily lives. It offers treasures for any reader seeking paths for moral and spiritual growth. -Margaret A. Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Yale University Divinity School
About the Author
Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan taught at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, a graduate school of Santa Clara University. He will be teaching at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2013.