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Politics in the Bible (Hardback)

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Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 15/11/2011
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The Bible is fundamental to Western culture. Political philosophers from Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau to modern political theorists such as George H. Sabine, Leo Strauss, and Sheldon S. Wolin have drawn upon biblical examples. American political leaders, such as Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and William Jennings Bryan all drew heavily upon the Bible. Today, most contemporary politicians display less familiarity with Scripture although many proudly proclaim themselves to be born-again Christians.Politics in the Bible has a simple goal: to help readers to think critically about how the Bible illuminates understanding of justice, leadership, and politics. For a political scientist, there are great advantages to studying the Bible. Students of the Bible have short texts to analyze, but they have a history of two thousand years of Jewish and Christian scholarly discussion. In that tradition, Paul R. Abramson analyzes stories drawn from eighteen of the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Bible and fifteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament.Abramson argues that the Bible is a book that should be read even by those who do not believe it has any transcendent significance. One can choose to read it as the revealed word of God, as a source of Western morality, as a compilation of interesting stories, poetry, and history, or as a work of great literature. Although this book discusses selected stories that have political implications, it also considers parts that have literary merit. This unusual volume may stimulate new thinking about the Bible as a source of insight into political ideas.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412843102
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Politics in the Bible is a recommendation for college-level spirituality readers and its focus is on connections between the Bible and issues of justice and politics. Students involved in political science and religious studies receive an invitation to analyze stories taken from eighteen of the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Bible, and fifteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Chapters also argue that the Bible should be read and analyzed by the non-believer as well as believers, who will find within it a wealth of insights on political connections, social issues, and Western morality. A fine pick for any college-level collection!"

--California Bookwatch

"Paul Abramson's book is the most wide ranging, and one of the most instructive books concerned with politics and the Bible. It goes beyond the conventional focus on the Hebrew Bible, and shows the continuation and variation of themes from there to the New Testament. As in any study of the long and murky text that is the Bible, it is possible to quarrel with Abramson on points large and small. However, his research is thorough, reflects the enormous literature relevant to the subjects covered, and presents the material in a way to make it both useful and provocative for scholars and students alike."

--Ira Sharkansky, professor emeritus of political science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


"Politics in the Bible is a recommendation for college-level spirituality readers and its focus is on connections between the Bible and issues of justice and politics. Students involved in political science and religious studies receive an invitation to analyze stories taken from eighteen of the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Bible, and fifteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Chapters also argue that the Bible should be read and analyzed by the non-believer as well as believers, who will find within it a wealth of insights on political connections, social issues, and Western morality. A fine pick for any college-level collection!"

--California Bookwatch

"Paul Abramson's book is the most wide ranging, and one of the most instructive books concerned with politics and the Bible. It goes beyond the conventional focus on the Hebrew Bible, and shows the continuation and variation of themes from there to the New Testament. As in any study of the long and murky text that is the Bible, it is possible to quarrel with Abramson on points large and small. However, his research is thorough, reflects the enormous literature relevant to the subjects covered, and presents the material in a way to make it both useful and provocative for scholars and students alike."

--Ira Sharkansky, professor emeritus of political science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


-Politics in the Bible is a recommendation for college-level spirituality readers and its focus is on connections between the Bible and issues of justice and politics. Students involved in political science and religious studies receive an invitation to analyze stories taken from eighteen of the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Bible, and fifteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Chapters also argue that the Bible should be read and analyzed by the non-believer as well as believers, who will find within it a wealth of insights on political connections, social issues, and Western morality. A fine pick for any college-level collection!-

--California Bookwatch

-Paul Abramson's book is the most wide ranging, and one of the most instructive books concerned with politics and the Bible. It goes beyond the conventional focus on the Hebrew Bible, and shows the continuation and variation of themes from there to the New Testament. As in any study of the long and murky text that is the Bible, it is possible to quarrel with Abramson on points large and small. However, his research is thorough, reflects the enormous literature relevant to the subjects covered, and presents the material in a way to make it both useful and provocative for scholars and students alike.-

--Ira Sharkansky, professor emeritus of political science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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