9780300102017

The Jewish Political Tradition; Volume I: Authority

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    9780300102017

  • ISBN10:

    0300102011

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2003-12-11
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

This book launches a landmark four-volume collaborative work exploring the political thought of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present. The texts and commentaries in Volume I address the basic question of who ought to rule the community. The contributors--eminent philosophers, lawyers, political theorists, and other scholars working in different fields of Jewish studies--discuss the authority of God, the claims of kings, priests, prophets, rabbis, lay leaders, and gentile rulers during the years of the exile, and issues of authority in the modern state of Israel.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Volumes I-IV
xi
Foreword xiii
David Hartman
Preface and Acknowledgments xvi
Introduction: The Jewish Political Tradition xxi
Michael Walzer
The Selection, Translation, and Presentation of the Texts xxxii
Menachem Lorberbaum
Noam J. Zohar
Law, Story, and Interpretation: Reading Rabbinic Texts xxxix
Michael Fishbane
List of Abbreviations
lvi
Volume I. Authority
Introduction
3(2)
Covenant: God's Law and the People's Consent
5(42)
Introduction
Biblical Covenants
Covenant and Consent
The Scope of Covenantal Commitment
Revelation: Torah and Reason
47(61)
Introduction
Natural Law, Reason, and Revelation: Classical Discussions
Revelation, Morality, and Ritual: Modern Struggles
Kings
108(58)
Introduction
Biblical Views of Monarchy
The Constitution of Monarchy
Critiques of Monarchy
The Realm of Torah and the Realm of Politics
Priests
166(33)
Introduction
In the Bible: Holy Priests
The Second Temple: Ruling Priests
From Priests to Sages
Prophets
199(45)
Introduction
The Prophetic Calling
Prophecy as Political Challenge
God's Word: Truth, Falsehood, and Interpretation
A Medieval Prophet: The Abulafia Controversy
Rabbis and Sages
244(63)
Introduction
Custodians of the Law
Beyond Prophecy
Authority of the Oral Law
Medieval Arguments: Karaites and Rabbanites
Modern Concerns: Halakhic Innovation and Rabbinic Authority
Controversy and Dissent
307(72)
Introduction
Majority and Minority
The Individual: Knowledge and Responsibility
The Rebellious Elder: Institutional Authority
Living with Disagreement
Medieval Arguments: The Value of Uniformity
Modern Disputes: The Problem of Authority
The Good Men of the Town
379(51)
Introduction
Talmudic Foundations
Justifying the Kahal's Authority: Early Ashkenaz
Restricting the Kahal's Authority: Early Spain
Developed Doctrines of the Kahal
The Kahal and the Rabbi
The Gentile State
430(33)
Introduction
Legitimacy of Non-Jewish Authority
Modern Disputes: Civil and Religious Law
The State of Israel
463(62)
Introduction
Legal and Political Continuity
Religious Significance of the State
A Jewish and Democratic State
Glossary of Names 525(20)
Glossary of Terms 545(10)
List of Commentators 555(2)
Index of Biblical and Rabbinic Sources 557(8)
Index of Names 565(6)
General Index 571

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