Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics

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U of Nebraska Press, 2017 - Religion - 352 pages
Justice for All demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law and also laid the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization.

Jeremiah Unterman shows us persuasively that the ethics of the Jewish Bible represent a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures. Moreover, he elucidates how the Bible's unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Justice for All connects these timeless biblical texts to the persistent themes of our times: immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Ethical Implications of the God
The Stranger the Poor
A Prophetic Innovation
The Development
The Prophetic Promise
Conclusion
Bibliography
List of Hebrew Bible Passages
Copyright

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Jeremiah Unterman is a resident scholar at the Herzl Institute, Jerusalem. He is the author of From Repentance to Redemption: Jeremiah's Thought in Transition and numerous scholarly articles.

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