Isaiah's Vision of Peace in Biblical and Modern International Relations: Swords into Plowshares

Isaiah's Vision of Peace in Biblical and Modern International Relations: Swords into Plowshares

by R. Cohen, R. Westbrook
     
 
The aim of this volume is to try to account for Isaiah's revolutionary vision from two disciplinary perspectives: one approach is the historical study of the Ancient Near East and the Bible, and the other rests on the study of international relations from a comparative, conceptual perspective.

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The aim of this volume is to try to account for Isaiah's revolutionary vision from two disciplinary perspectives: one approach is the historical study of the Ancient Near East and the Bible, and the other rests on the study of international relations from a comparative, conceptual perspective.

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"Isaiah might be bemused by such attention almost three millennialater; but all of us will be enriched by the resultant collection ofelegant essays, each on a specific theme, but all playing counterpoint to notions with surprisingly (or maybe not) contemporary timbres, among them the search for security, the plea fordisarmament, the resistance to intimidation, the realization of peacethough justice, the championing of human rights, and the crafting ofa world order. Highly recommended, to students of the ancient world but also to those exploring the future through the past." - Jack M. Sasson, Werthan Professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies, Vanderbilt University

"The contributors represent a broad range of opinion on the interpretation of Isaiah 2:1-4 itself and the categories of contemporary thought that bear on the great issues of today. No thoughtful person, and especially no religious person who believes that the Bible retains, in whatever way, its transformative power in the contemporary world, can ignore the issues discussed here including human rights, the ethics of war (holy war, just war), globalization and internationalism." - Joseph Blenkinsopp, John A. Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame

"Cohen and Westbrook present a stimulating collection of essays that open an important dialog between experts in the fields of biblical studies and international relations. Isaiah s magisterial vision of peace has long been the subject of reflection by theologians, but its political ramifications - in both the ancient and modern worlds - have received little serious attention. Much remains to be done, but readers will find here an important basis for discussion of a crucial issue in contemporary biblical theology and political thought." - Marvin A. Sweeney, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University

"Cohen and Westbrook have gathered together a galaxy of important scholars to reassess Isaiah s statement. As with their earlier successful volume on Amarna Diplomacy, the scholars represent both specialists in Bible and ancient history and political scientists, and they look at Isaiah both within the history of ancient Israel and the broader ancient Near East and in light of contemporary international relations and the scholarship on it. The discussions are well-informed and wide-ranging, and underlying their diverse perspectives is the conviction that Isaiah was not a fantasizer, but a prophet rooted in the hard politics and cultural traditions of his day, whose prophecy is as valuable for its insight into these politics and traditions as it remains challenging to contemporary quests for a more stable international order. A most provocative and timely volume, and one highly recommended." - Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403977359
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
04/09/2008
Series:
Culture and Religion in International Relations Series
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.04(d)

Meet the Author

RAYMOND COHEN is Chaim Weizmann Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His publications include Culture and Conflict in Egyptian-Israeli Relations and Negotiating Across Cultures. Together with Ray Westbrook he edited Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations. A resident of Jerusalem, he is fascinated by the history of the holy city. His latest book is entitled Saving the Holy Sepulchre: How rivals restored the Church of the Resurrection.

RAYMOND WESTBROOK is Professor of Ancient Law at the Johns Hopkins University. His publications include A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law (ed.) and Studies in Biblical and Cuneiform Law. Together with Raymond Cohen he edited Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations. His main research interests are the interrelationship between ancient Near Eastern and Classical law and the origins of diplomacy.

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