The Jewish Political Tradition

Volume II: Membership

Edited by Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum, Noam J. Zohar; Co-edited by Ari Ackerman

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May 15, 2006
656 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300115734
Paper

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Published with assistance from the Castle Fund

“The series to which this book belongs is unprecedented. . . . Every one of the chapters enacts a debate that should have a living resonance, not just for Jews, although obviously for them, but for everyone with a historical sense and a political conscience.”—Hilary Putnam, Boston Review
 “A vast and important resource which will be consulted for years to come by all interested in any aspect of Judaism and Jewish history.”—Ira Robinson, Journal of Religion & Culture (praise for the series)

Michael Walzer is UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Menachem Lorberbaum is senior lecturer in the department of Jewish philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Noam J. Zohar is senior lecturer in the department of philosophy at Bar Ilan University. Ari Ackerman is lecturer in the school of education at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. All four editors are research fellows at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

“The series to which this book belongs is unprecedented. . . . What each of these self-contained installments attempts to do—and, in my judgment, succeeds in doing—is to represent ancient and medieval Judaism and its post-Enlightenment successors as not just a religious tradition but an evolving and dynamic political culture. . . . Every one of the chapters enacts a debate that should have a living resonance, not just for Jews, although obviously for them, but for everyone with a historical sense and a political conscience.”—Hilary Putnam, Boston Review

"[This] second volume is as comprehensive as the first, and one looks forward to the completion of the series, which will provide an indispensable guide to the evolution of Jewish political thought. . . . Recommended. Graduate collections and up."—Choice

“These two volumes, the first in a projected four volume series, constitute an invaluable resource for students and teachers of Judaism. They present Judaism and Jewish history in a fresh and innovative way, presenting the reader with carefully selected sources, which are meticulously translated, deftly contextualized, and accompanied by superb commentaries from a team of talented scholars. . . . This is not a book that will be read cover to cover by all readers. It is, however, a vast and important resource which will be consulted for years to come by all interested in any aspect of Judaism and Jewish history.”—Ira Robinson, Journal of Religion & Culture

"There are many accessible books on Jewish history but far fewer on Jewish political thought—especially sound, scholarly volumes such as this. . . . This book is for the scholar and informed lay reader. Recommended for libraries with strong Jewish studies or religious thought collections."—Library Journal

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