Israel and Its Bible: A Political Analysis (Garland Reference Library of Social Sciences Series)

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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A secular reading of the way politics is described in the Bible and its connection to modern political practices in Israel, looking at issues such as the politics of compiling the Hebrew Bible; the geopolitical context of Biblical politics; the Bible's literary devices; and major figures in the Bible including Moses, David, and Jeremiah. Of interest to biblical and Middle East scholars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Israel and the Diversity of Biblical Politics 5
On Politics and Polities
Politics in the Bible and Israel on the Bible and this Book
Subsequent Chapters
Ch. 2 Reading the Bible Politically 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
Ch. 3 Moses: The Prophet Who Was Closest to God 77
Moses' Story
Moses as Political Leader
Ch. 4 David: The Pious and Sinful King 101
A Biblical Biography
David's Themes
Adjusting the Record
Ch. 5 Jeremiah: A Political Prophet 129
The Historical and Geopolitical Setting
Principal Lines of Jeremiah's Prophecy
Jeremiah's Political Legacy
Ch. 6 Job and Ecclesiastes: Biblical Outliers 151
The Book of Job
The Book of Ecclesiastes (The Preacher)
Deciphering the Ambiguous
Are They Outliers With Respect to Other Biblical Texts?
Ch. 7 The Several Faces of God 173
Which God?
The Focus of Inquiry
I Am The Lord Your God
The Political Roles of God
Was God Almighty?
Ch. 8 The Bounded Principles of Biblical Politics 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
Ch. 9 Biblical Politics and Jewish Vitality 221
On Politics and Judaism
The Varieties of David in the Bible and Literature
Ch. 10 The Hebrew Bible and Israeli Politics 249
Moral Congestion
Managing the Quandaries
Coping
Bibliography 277
Index 305
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