A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in by Alan L. Mittleman, Andy Paris

By Alan L. Mittleman, Andy Paris

A quick heritage of Jewish Ethics strains the advance of Jewish ethical thoughts and moral mirrored image from its Biblical roots to the current day. Offers an enticing and considerate account of Jewish ethics Brings jointly and discusses a extensive diversity of historic assets masking millennia of writings and conversationsCombines present scholarship with unique insightsWritten through an incredible the world over famous pupil of Jewish philosophy and ethics

Show description

Read Online or Download A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant PDF

Best judaism books

The Wandering Who

An research of Jewish identification politics and Jewish modern ideology utilizing either pop culture and scholarly texts. Jewish id is tied up with the most tricky and contentious problems with at the present time. the aim during this ebook is to open a lot of those concerns up for dialogue. due to the fact that Israel defines itself overtly because the ‘Jewish State’, we should always ask what the notions of ’Judaism’, ‘Jewishness’, ‘Jewish culture’ and ‘Jewish ideology’ stand for.

Studies in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Arbeiten zur Geschichte des antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums, Volume 87)

During the last forty five years Professor Pieter W. van der Horst contributed commonly to the learn of old Judaism and early Christianity.  The 24 papers during this quantity, written due to the fact his early retirement in 2006, conceal quite a lot of subject matters, them all about the non secular global of Judaism and Christianity within the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine period.

City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

The millennia-old port of Jaffa, now a part of Tel Aviv, was referred to as the "Bride of Palestine," one of many actually cosmopolitan towns of the Mediterranean. There Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived, labored, and celebrated together—and it used to be typical for the Arabs of Jaffa to wait a marriage on the condo of the Jewish Chelouche family members or for Jews and Arabs to either assemble on the Jewish spice store Tiv and the Arab Khamis Abulafia's twenty-four-hour bakery.

Extra resources for A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant

Sample text

The ethics of Aristeas is to some degree naturalistic, if by naturalism we mean something as capacious as one would find in the Stoics. God has made us and our world in a certain way: to seek Him, to be able to contemplate His power and wisdom, to live in light of truths about His nature, the upshot of which is that our souls should be well ordered, that we should seek the mean in all of our acts, and that we should have a great deal of fellow feeling for one another. This is not an outlook that depends heavily on revelation, but neither is it self-sufficiently secular in a modern sense.

When we engage in acts that conform to what the gods desire then we engage in good, just, or holy acts. These values are contingent on extrinsic divine approval rather than on any qualities intrinsic to the acts. Socrates shows Euthyphro that his definition is incoherent. In a polytheistic context, the gods in fact differ in their appraisals of what is good, holy, or just; such differences lead to violent conflicts among the gods of myth. What one god considers just, another finds outrageous. Socrates tries to wean Euthyphro from his traditional piety toward a more transcendent, rational perspective – the kind of move we associate with the Axial Age.

The goal of life is communion with the divine source, achieved through a rational mysticism structured by Jewish law and wisdom. The Bible is read allegorically as instruction on the journey of the soul back to its divine source. Some of the characters of the Bible are ancient heroes and villains, but they are also, more importantly, symbols of human experience and its possibilities. 58 Philo interprets God’s call to Abraham to “go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you (Gen.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.96 of 5 – based on 38 votes