Like Spinoza in his "Theological-Political Treatise", Schweid helps us grasp the potential for seeing radically new messages in this oldest of books, "The Bible." The American Founding Fathers realized that "The Bible" offers strong support for the doctrine of popular sovereignty. Socially, it offers a message of egalitarianism, especially in the provisions of the Jubilee. It is hardly an accident that two modern political movements found mottos ready at hand from the 25th chapter of Leviticus: 'Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof' (from the Liberty Bell), and 'The land shall not be sold in perpetuity' (motto of the Jewish National Fund). More broadly, Schweid helps us to appreciate the broader message of the narrative of creation and settlement of the land in its ecumenical and planetary dimensions. The world is God's creation whose resources are to be deployed as necessary for the sustenance and needs-fulfilment of all people and all creatures equally - a message very much relevant to the ecological crisis facing us all at the present time.
Publisher: Academic Studies Press ISBN: 9781934843000 Number of pages: 224 Weight: 481 g Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm
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