Natural Law in Judaism

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Most people have assumed that since Judaism seems to consist of a specific historical revelation and a specific tradition, that an idea like natural law is foreign to it. This book shows that natural law is part of Judaism, and that it is consistent with its specific revelation and tradition.
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"David Novak's own new book, Natural Lae and a large contribution to the dialogue at the 'moral border' between Judaism and Christianity." Washington Post Book World

"...elegant..." The Weekly Standard

"It will set the tone for future discussion about natural law in Judaism, as well as about the nature Jewish ethics. Appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses." Religious Studies Review

"While it is clear to me that Judaism and Natural Law, with all its erudition, insight and wisdom, deserves an honoured place in any library of ethics or legal philosophy, the last word has still not been said on the topic, and hopefully we can look forward to yet further cultivation of these topics in Novak's future endeavours." Studies in Religion

"...a rich and thoughtful book that creatively addresses challenges in Jewish thought, religious ethics, and philosophy...Natural Law in Judaism is an important work that will stimulate and reward those who engage its argument." Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521055680
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The challenge of modern secularity 1
2 Scriptural foundations 27
3 Jewish ethics and natural law 62
4 Maimonides' teleology of the law 92
5 Natural law and created nature 122
6 Noahide law and human personhood 149
7 Conclusion 174
Bibliography 194
Index 204
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