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Justice for All

How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics

Jeremiah Unterman

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: The Jewish Publication Society
Published: 03/2017
Pages: 352
Subject: Religion
eBook ISBN: 9780827613263

DESCRIPTION

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. 

REVIEWS

"A wonderful work—insightful and important. Jeremiah Unterman never loses sight of the fact that the Bible's goal is to create a holy, moral people. He convincingly demonstrates again and again that this is not just a modern reading of the Bible but a statement of its original intent."—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and Biblical Literacy

"Take notice. Jeremiah Unterman has written a major book that expertly documents the supremacy of the ethical in the Hebrew Bible. It will affect not only how you understand the Bible but how you live your life."—Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and best-selling author of The Ten Commandments: Still the Greatest Moral Code  

"What makes this a particularly worthy contribution is its clarity and rigor, organized by topics that are so relevant today: how we treat the stranger, forgiveness, reconciliation, and repentance and redemption."—Dru Johnson, associate professor of biblical and theological studies at The King's College and author of Epistemology and Biblical Theology  

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