A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion, and Politics (Hardback)Alick Isaacs (author)
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Challenging deeply held convictions about Judaism, Zionism, war, and peace, Alick Isaacs's combat experience in the second Lebanon war provoked him to search for a way of reconciling the belligerence of religion with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic law, Isaacs draws on the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, among others, to propose an ambitious vision of religiously inspired peace. Rejecting the notion of Jewish theology as partial to war and vengeance, this eloquent and moving work points to the ways in which Judaism can be a path to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an educational project called Talking Peace whose aim is to bring individuals of different views together to share varying understandings of peace.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
[S]tress[es] the importance of the historical prophets to Jewish sensibility.43.1 Autumn 2013 * JOURNAL OF PALESTINE STUDIES *
[T]his is un-put-down-able, real philosophy for the real world, with some parting anecdotes that show that you can lead an extremist to dialogue even if you can't make him agree! If you're interested in philosophy, read it; if you're interested in religion, read it; and if you're interested in peace, read it. * Ebor *
The author's goal in this deeply personal and thought provoking book is to challenge conventional perspectives on peace and war and reconcile the bellicosity found in religion with its messages of peace. And yet, as personal as this book is, A Prophetic Peace makes its greatest impact when Isaacs culls through fascinating rabbinic and philosophical material by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, among others. * www.jewishbookcouncil.org *
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