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Disempowered King: Monarchy in Classical Jewish Literature - The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies 9 (Paperback)
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Disempowered King: Monarchy in Classical Jewish Literature - The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies 9 (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 17/03/2011
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This is an absorbing and original study of the concept of kingship in classical Jewish literature, as well as three approaches to it found in the Bible. "Subordinated King" studies the conception of kingship, and its status, powers and authority in Talmudic literature. The book deals with the conception of kingship against the background of the different approaches to kingship both in biblical literature and in the political views prevalent in the Roman Empire. In the Bible one finds three (exclusive) approaches to kingship: rejection of the king as a legitimate political institution - since God is the (political) king; a version of royal theology according to which the king is divine (or sacral); and a view that God is not a political king yet the king has no divine or sacral dimension. The king is flesh and blood; hence his authority and power are limited. He is a 'subordinated king'. "Subordinated King" is the first book to offer a comprehensive study of kingship in Talmudic literature and its biblical (and contemporary) background. The book offers a fresh conceptual framework that sheds new light on both the vast minutia and the broad picture. The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies publishes new research which provides new directions for modern Jewish thought and life and which serves to enhance the quality of dialogue between classical sources and the modern world. This book series reflects the mission of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a pluralistic research and leadership institute, at the forefront of Jewish thought and education. It empowers scholars, rabbis, educators and layleaders to develop new and diverse voices within the tradition, laying foundations for the future of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441140883
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm

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