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Israel and its Bible : a political analysis /
Ira Sharkansky.
New York : Garland Publ., 1996.
xiii, 313 p. ; 23 cm.
0815320213 (alk. paper)
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New York : Garland Publ., 1996.
0815320213 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-304) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-10-01:
Sharkansky (political science, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem) provides a political analysis of the Hebrew Bible as an introductory backdrop for the unique ferment of contemporary Israeli politics. Sharkansky argues that, rather than a single monolithic political structure, the Hebrew Bible presents a wide variety of political characters and themes in figures such as God, Moses, David, Jeremiah, and in books such as Job and Ecclesiastes. Following this analysis, Sharkansky turns to a political analysis of the modern state of Israel. Curiously, the biblical material drops quietly into the background throughout this discussion. Sharkansky argues that the diversity of the politics of the Hebrew Bible contributes to contemporary Jewish life and Israeli democracy by forcing people to acknowledge the value of differing political commitments, a balanced evaluation of any political action, and the positive role of criticism of the governing elite. Israeli political diversity can help Israelis positively cope with difficult political situations that seemingly defy permanent solutions. Introductory, general, and nontechnical in its analysis of the Hebrew Bible and Israeli political science. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. J. W. Wright Point Loma Nazarene College
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Table of Contents
Israel and the Diversity of Biblical Politicsp. 5
On Politics and Polities
Politics in the Bible and Israel on the Bible and this Book
Subsequent Chapters
Reading the Bible Politicallyp. 35
The Politics of Compiling the Hebrew Bible
The Geopolitical Context of Biblical Politics
Does the Bible Depict Political Reality?
The Appeals and Problems of the Bible's Literary Devices
Biblical Commentary and Scholarship
Moses: The Prophet Who Was Closest to Godp. 77
Moses' Story
Moses as Political Leader
David: The Pious and Sinful Kingp. 101
A Biblical Biography
David's Themes
Adjusting the Record
Jeremiah: A Political Prophetp. 129
The Historical and Geopolitical Setting
Principal Lines of Jeremiah's Prophecy
Jeremiah's Political Legacy
Job and Ecclesiastes: Biblical Outliersp. 151
The Book of Job
The Book of Ecclesiastes (The Preacher)
Deciphering the Ambiguous
Are They Outliers With Respect to Other Biblical Texts?
The Several Faces of Godp. 173
Which God?
The Focus of Inquiry
I Am The Lord Your God
The Political Roles of God
Was God Almighty?
The Bounded Principles of Biblical Politicsp. 197
Power and Its Limits: Authoritarian or Responsive?
Law and Implementation
Pro- and Anti-Monarchical
Ethnocentrism and Universalism
The Elusive Nature of the Promised Land
Historical Progress Against Cyclical Promise and Failure
Biblical Politics and Jewish Vitalityp. 221
On Politics and Judaism
The Varieties of David in the Bible and Literature
The Hebrew Bible and Israeli Politicsp. 249
Moral Congestion
Managing the Quandaries
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 305
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