The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

Hardcover | February 1, 2011

byRobert Eisen

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Robert Eisen provides the first comprehensive analysis of Jewish views on peace and violence, examining five major sources of Jewish thought - the Bible, rabbinic Judaism, medieval Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, and modern Zionism. He demonstrates that throughout its history Judaism hasconsistently exhibited ambiguity regarding peace and violence. To make his case, Eisen presents two separate analyses for each of the areas he examines: one that argues for a peaceful reading of Judaism, and another that argues for a violent reading. The aim is to show that both readings are validand authentic interpretations of Judaism. Eisen also explores why Judaism can be read both ways by examining the interpretive techniques that support each reading. This study should be of interest not just to students of Judaism, but to students of all religious traditions: the ambiguity concerning violence in Judaism is true of many other religions as well. Eisen's study therefore provides a model for analyzing peace and violence in religion ingeneral.

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Robert Eisen provides the first comprehensive analysis of Jewish views on peace and violence, examining five major sources of Jewish thought - the Bible, rabbinic Judaism, medieval Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, and modern Zionism. He demonstrates that throughout its history Judaism hasconsistently exhibited ambiguity regarding peace and...

Robert Eisen is Professor of Religion and Director of the Judaic Studie Program at George Washington University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Bible3. Rabbinic Judaism4. Medieval Jewish Philosophy5. Kabbalah6. Modern Zionism7. ConclusionsEpilogue: Personal Reflections on Where We Go From HereWorks Cited