The Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah

The Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah : Perspectives on the Persistence of the Political in Judaism

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In The Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah, Alan Mittleman looks at some of the central problems of political philosophy-such as fundamental rights and the common good-from the point of view of rabbinic Judaism. At the same time, he considers conceptual issues in Judaism-such as covenant and tradition-from the perspective of political philosophy. Mittleman's sources range from the ancient rabbis to contemporary political theorists, making this volume an important one for courses and research in both Jewish studies and political theory.
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 149.4 x 229.9 x 10.9mm | 293.61g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739100971
  • 9780739100974
  • 1,572,063

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Paradigm Lost: The Decline of the Jews As a Polity Chapter 3 The Recovery of Covenant: The Politicization of Jewish Origins Chapter 4 Covenant and Tradition: The Dynamics of Consent Chapter 5 The Emergence of the Polity Chapter 6 Persons and Rights Chapter 7 The Dilemma of Modern Judaism As a Problem of Political Obligation Chapter 8 Individuals and the Common Good Chapter 9 the Constitution of a Jewish State: The Thought of R. Shimon Federbush Chapter 10 Afterword
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Raises a vital issue in an impartial manner and is sure to advance the ongoing debate on the Jewish political tradition. Religious Studies Review
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About Alan L. Mittleman

Alan L. Mittleman is Associate Professor of Religion at Muhlenberg College. He is the author of The Politics of Torah: German-Jewish Orthodoxy and the Founding of Agudat Israel (1996) and Between Kant and Kabbalah: An Introduction to Isaac Breuer's Philosophy of Judaism (1990).
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