The Hebrew Bible is true and wants us to tell the truth, even as biblical characters behave in less than truthful ways. What's more, where some of the lies people tell in the Hebrew Bible stories are punished, others are ignored and still others are rewarded. The Hebrew Bible’s mixed-message of "Do as I say, not as they do" shows that lies—little and big, whether told to protect or advance oneself or when intended to preserve the peace—often occur under involved circumstances and demand careful consideration. By viewing an array of situations in light of the Hebrew Bible—from the routine but delicate to the once-in-a-lifetime dilemma—this book will make a difference in how you think and live.
This candid look at religion and truthfulness is ideal for anyone interested in exploring the religious basis for personal decision making, conscience and morality, including Jews of all denominations personally or in Torah study groups, Christians and social justice activists.
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Table of ContentsPreface: The Examined Jewish LifeIntroduction: Hiding in Plain Sight
Part I: Truth1. The Hebrew Bible Is True2. The Hebrew Bible and the Truth: Science, History, and Spirit
Part II: Little Lies3. The White Lie4. Embellishment5. The Half-Truth6. The Benevolent/Paternalistic Lie7. Little Lies, Big Headaches
Part III: Big Lies8. Lying to Protect Oneself: Part 19. Lying to Protect Oneself: Part 210. Lying to Get Ahead11. Lying to Hurt Others12. The Noble Truth and the Noble Lie
Part IV: The Framework13. Instruments of Decision14. Medical Ethics: Personal Decisions and Jewish Perspectives15. A Rulebook for Living or a Framework for Deciding?
Epilogue: The Examined Jewish LifeAcknowledgmentsNotesFor Further Reading