Download e-book for kindle: In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible by Michael Walzer

By Michael Walzer

In this eagerly awaited ebook, political theorist Michael Walzer stories his findings after many years of brooding about the politics of the Hebrew Bible. conscious of nuance whereas engagingly uncomplicated, Walzer examines the legislation, the histories, the prophecies, and the knowledge of the traditional biblical writers and discusses their perspectives on such critical political questions as justice, hierarchy, warfare, the authority of kings and clergymen, and the event of exile.

Because there are various biblical writers with differing perspectives, pluralism is a critical characteristic of biblical politics. but pluralism, Walzer observes, isn't explicitly defended within the Bible; certainly, it couldn’t be defended on account that God’s note needed to be as singular as God himself. but diverse political regimes are defined within the biblical texts, and there are conflicting political arguments—and additionally a recurrent anti-political argument: when you have religion in God, you haven't any want for robust associations, prudent leaders, or reformist regulations. while, notwithstanding, within the books of legislation and prophecy, the folks of Israel are referred to as upon to beat oppression and “let justice good up like water, righteousness like an unfailing stream.”

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