The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture

by Yoram Hazony


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ISBN-13: 9780521176675
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2012
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 444,586
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Yoram Hazony is Provost of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion (PPR). Hazony's previous books include The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul and The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Commentary, Azure and Ha'aretz, among other publications. He is author of a regular blog on philosophy, Judaism, Israel and higher education called Jerusalem Letters. Hazony received a BA from Princeton University in East Asian Studies and a PhD from Rutgers University in Political Theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: beyond reason and revelation; Part I: Reading Hebrew Scripture: 2. The structure of the Hebrew Bible; 3. What is the purpose of the Hebrew Bible?; 4. How does the Bible make arguments of a general nature?; Part II: The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture: Five Studies: 5. The ethics of a shepherd; 6. The history of Israel, Genesis-Kings: a political philosophy; 7. Jeremiah and the problem of knowing; 8. Truth and being in Hebrew scripture; 9. Jerusalem and Carthage; Part III: Conclusion: 10. God's speech after reason and revelation.

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Advance Praise: “A deep and lucid investigation of the connections between the two chief strands of our intellectual history. A great achievement.” —Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of our Nature

“A paradigm-shifting work of immense significance.” —Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth

"Hazony is on a mission to put the greatest book on earth at the heart of academic study ... [He] is a modern-day Jerusalem shepherd who is challenging authority — and has no idea how things will turn out." —David Suissa, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

“His argument is… provocative: The Hebrew Bible does not conform to the commonly accepted dichotomy of reason versus revelation… Rewarding for biblical studies or philosophy insiders who are receptive to new ideas.” —Publishers Weekly

"...a bracing intellectual adventure." —Alan Mittleman, The Jewish Theological Seminary

"Hazony does not write simply to persuade us to agree or disagree with his interpretation of any particular story. Reviewers who think so do him an injustice. Instead, Hazony wants to persuade us that to read the Bible is to engage in a necessary argument over how to build a good society." —Diana Muir Appelbaum, Jewish Ideas Daily

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