the manner of life that the older covenant prescribes and approves. Its ethical contents are not offered in isolation, but are viewed as demands, actions, and character that God expects from men and women. This close connection between ethics and theology constitutes one of the distinctive features of the Bible's own set of ethics. Accordingly, what God is in his character, and what he wills in his revelation, defines what is right; conversely it is right, good, acceptable, and satisfying to all because of his known character and will (p. 3).
I have especially benefited from Kaiser's sections on "Moral Difficulties in the Old Testament."