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Read online In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible 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 by Michael Walzer

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In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible
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Number of Pages:256
Category:Christianity, Political science
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