In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible

June 5, 2012|
In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible by Michael Walzer
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One of our most distinguished political theorists deliberates on the politics of the Bible and arrives at unexpected conclusions

In this eagerly awaited book, political theorist Michael Walzer reports his findings after decades of thinking about the politics of the Hebrew Bible. Attentive to nuance while engagingly straightforward, Walzer examines the laws, the histories, the prophecies, and the wisdom of the ancient biblical writers and discusses their views on such central political questions as justice, hierarchy, war, the authority of kings and priests, and the experience of exile.

Because there are many biblical writers with differing views, pluralism is a central feature of biblical politics. Yet pluralism, Walzer observes, is never explicitly defended in the Bible; indeed, it couldn’t be defended since God’s word had to be as singular as God himself. Yet different political regimes are described in the biblical texts, and there are conflicting political arguments—and also a recurrent anti-political argument: if you have faith in God, you have no need for strong institutions, prudent leaders, or reformist policies. At the same time, however, in the books of law and prophecy, the people of Israel are called upon to overcome oppression and “let justice well up like water, righteousness like an unfailing stream.”

Michael Walzer is professor (emeritus) of social science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. He is the author of twenty-seven books and more than three hundred articles on political theory and moral philosophy, and he has served as coeditor of the journal Dissent for some fifty years. He lives in Princeton.
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Title:In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.94 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.94 in
Published:June 5, 2012
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300180442

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