Political Themes in the Hebrew Scriptures  -     By: Jules Gleicher
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Political Themes in the Hebrew Scriptures

Palgrave MacMillan / 2010 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 260
Vendor: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.3 X 5.5 X 0.7 (inches)
ISBN: 230618227
ISBN-13: 9780230618220

Publisher's Description

Jules Gleicher explores selected passages from the Hebrew Scriptures that focus especially, but not exclusively, on the sacred text’s teachings and implications about politics, law, justice, and rulership. Chapters deal, successively, with the Book of Genesis, episodes in the career of Moses, aspects of the Mosaic Law, the Prophetic History, and five prophetic practitioners. Proceeding neither from the doctrinal premises of the professional clergy nor from the methodological assumptions of Biblical criticism, the essays offer respectful and thoughtful attempts to question an ancient and venerable source on vital issues of perennial interest.

Author Bio

Jules Gleicher is Professor of Political Science at Rockford College. He is the author of The Accidental Revolutionary: Essays on the Political Teaching of Jean-Paul Sartre (1982) and articles on Sartre, Shakespeare, Moses Maimonides, the Hebrew Scriptures, Plutarch, and topics in American constitutional law. 

Editorial Reviews

“Gleicher explores the text with genuine enthusiasm and brings out uncommonly well what is most interesting in Genesis in a lively, well-written style of inquiry. This is a book that will work especially well for political science students and scholars who wish to see how the Bible might contribute to the modern study of politics.”—Calum Carmichael, Professor of Comparative Literature and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell University

“Gleicher’s study of Hebrew Scriptures includes truly remarkable reflections on texts that others have read with less insight and less knowledge. The author brings to bear a wide range of interdisciplinary learning to explain the political and moral implications of biblical narratives that he has obviously studied for years. It is inconceivable that even trained biblical scholars could not learn a great deal from examining his expositions. The text is written with clarity and considerable eloquence.”—Paul Gottfried, Raffensperger Professor of Humanities, Elizabethtown College

“As a lifetime student of the Hebrew scriptures, I learned a great deal from Gleicher. For example, he gave new meaning to the expressions ‘Day One’ and ‘The Sixth Day’ in the creation story. The people of the Bible come alive as he describes their experiences. Suddenly, we realize their issues are the ones we often face. Actions have consequences. A great read!”—Rabbi William Fertig, Ohave Shalom Synagogue, Rockford, IL

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