Natural Law in Judaism

Natural Law in Judaism

by David Novak
     
 

ISBN-10: 052163170X

ISBN-13: 9780521631709

Pub. Date: 02/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Natural law is the idea that our basic moral principles apply to every human being, and are accessible to human reason. Most people have assumed that since Judaism seems to consist of a specific historical revelation and a specific tradition, that an idea such as natural law is foreign to it. This book shows that natural law is part of Judaism, and that it is…  See more details below

Overview

Natural law is the idea that our basic moral principles apply to every human being, and are accessible to human reason. Most people have assumed that since Judaism seems to consist of a specific historical revelation and a specific tradition, that an idea such as 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. In this book, not only is the history of an idea shown with great accuracy, but the idea of natural law is presented as a way of conveying some of Judaism's meaning for life today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521631709
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The challenge of modern secularity; 2. Scriptural foundations; 3. Jewish ethics and natural law; 4. Maimonides' teleology of the law; 5. Natural law and created nature; 6. Noahide law and human personhood; 7. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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