Kinship and Consent: The Jewish Political Tradition and Its Contemporary Uses (Second Edition) / Edition 2

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A major dimension of modern Jewish life has been the revival of conscious political activity on the part of the Jewish people, whether through reestablishment of the State of Israel, new forms of diaspora community organization, or the common Jewish fight against anti-Semitism. Precisely because contemporary Jewry has moved increasingly toward self-definition in political terms, a significant part of the search for roots and meaning must take place within the political realm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009337
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999) was president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University. His many books include the four-volume The Covenant Tradition in Politics (Transaction).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction: The Jewish Political Tradition
Pt. I Foundations 1
Introduction: The Edah as a Classic Republic 3
1 Covenant as the Basis of the Jewish Political Tradition 9
2 The Concept of the Three Ketarim: Their Place in Jewish Political Thought and Implications for Studying Jewish Constitutional History 47
3 The Rabbinic Understanding of the Covenant 77
Pt. II Theoretical Development 107
Introduction: The Constitutional Dimension of Jewish History 109
4 Prolegomena to Jewish Political Theory 117
5 The Jewish People as the Classic Diaspora: A Political Analysis 139
6 The Attitude Towards the State in Modern Jewish Thought Before Zionism 181
Pt. III Institutional Dynamics 205
Introduction: The Epochs Explored 207
7 The Transition from Tribal Republic to Monarchy in Ancient Israel and Its Impression on Jewish Political History 215
8 The Kehillah 233
9 Political Conflict and the Use of Power in the World of the Geniza 277
10 On Power and Authority: The Halakhic Stance of the Traditional Community and Its Contemporary Implications 293
11 Individual and Community in the Middle Ages: Halakhic Theory 327
12 Patterns of Political Organization and Leadership in Modern Jewish Communities and Their Contemporary Implications 371
Pt. IV Contemporary Implications 403
Introduction: Judaism and Jewish Communities in the Contemporary World 405
13 The Jewish People and the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study of Jewish Theocracy 413
14 The Jewish Political Tradition as a Vehicle for Jewish Auto-Emancipation 445
15 Towards a General Theory of Jewish Political Interests and Behavior 463
16 The Application of Jewish Public Law in the State of Israel 497
17 Moral and Symbolic Elements in the Politics of Israel-Diaspora Relations 517
18 Halakhah as a Ground for Creating a Shared Political Dialogue Among Contemporary Jews 529
Afterword: Future Directions 559
Contributors 565
Index 569
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