A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion, and Politics

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Indiana University Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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Challenging deeply held convictions about Judaism, Zionism, war, and peace, Alick Isaacs's combat experience in the second Lebanon war provoked him to search for a way of reconciling the belligerence of religion with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic law, Isaacs draws on the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, among others, to propose an ambitious vision of religiously inspired peace. Rejecting the notion of Jewish theology as partial to war and vengeance, this eloquent and moving work points to the ways in which Judaism can be a path to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an educational project called Talking Peace whose aim is to bring individuals of different views together to share varying understandings of peace.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Politics AntiPolitics and Religion
1
Chapter 2 Irenic Scholarship
20
Chapter 3 Theological Disarmament
31
Chapter 4 Deconstruction and the Prophetic Voice
45
Chapter 5 Messianic Peace
63
Chapter 6 The Rabbinic Voice
94
Chapter 7 A Prayer for Peace
142
Chapter 8 Peace Education
156
Beating Softly
165
Notes
175
Bibliography
189
Index
197
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About the author (2011)

Alick Isaacs is a research fellow at the Hartman Institute's Kogod Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought and teaches at the Melton Center for Jewish Education and Rothberg School for Overseas Students, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is co-director of the Talking Peace project sponsored by Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem.

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