The Philosophy of the Bible as Foundation of Jewish Culture: Philosophy of Biblical Narrative

The Philosophy of the Bible as Foundation of Jewish Culture: Philosophy of Biblical Narrative

Hardback Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History

By (author) Eliezer Schweid, Translated by Leonard Levin

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  • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Brighton
  • ISBN 10: 1934843008
  • ISBN 13: 9781934843000
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Like Spinoza in his "Theological-Political Treatise", Schweid helps us grasp the potential for seeing radically new messages in this oldest of books, "The Bible." The American Founding Fathers realized that "The Bible" offers strong support for the doctrine of popular sovereignty. Socially, it offers a message of egalitarianism, especially in the provisions of the Jubilee. It is hardly an accident that two modern political movements found mottos ready at hand from the 25th chapter of Leviticus: 'Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof' (from the Liberty Bell), and 'The land shall not be sold in perpetuity' (motto of the Jewish National Fund). More broadly, Schweid helps us to appreciate the broader message of the narrative of creation and settlement of the land in its ecumenical and planetary dimensions. The world is God's creation whose resources are to be deployed as necessary for the sustenance and needs-fulfilment of all people and all creatures equally - a message very much relevant to the ecological crisis facing us all at the present time.

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Author information

Eliezer Schweid is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University. He has published 40 books on general and specific areas of Jewish thought of all periods, and has commented frequently on the relevance of the legacy of Jewish thought to contemporary issues of Jewish and universal human concern. He is the recipient of the distinguished Israel Prize and two honorary doctorates. Leonard Levin teaches Jewish philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.