Covenant & Polity in Biblical Israel: Biblical Foundations & Jewish Expressions

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Transaction Publishers - 477 pages

In this first volume of a trilogy, Daniel J. Elazar addresses political uses of the idea of covenant, the tradition that has adhered to that idea, and the political arrangements that flow from it,

Among the topics covered are covenant as a political concept, the Bible as a political commentary, the post-biblical tradition, medieval covenant theory, and Jewish political culture.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Idea
17
Covenant as a Political Concept
19
Covenant and the Origins of Political Society
35
Biblical Origins
53
The Bible and Political Life in Covenant
75
Torah Covenantal Teaching
95
Bereshith The Covenants of Creation
97
Fostering Civic Virtue
245
Joshuas Farewell Addresses
263
Judges The Reality?
277
The Alternate Model
293
Covenant and Kingdom Dealing with Fundamental Regime Change
295
The Institutionalized Federal Monarchy
319
Covenant as Judgment Law and Government
337
Covenant Applied Israelite Political Organization
349

Abraham and His Children Migration and Covenant
123
Federal versus Natural Man
141
Freedom and Covenant Exodus Sinai and Sefer Habrit
161
The Mosaic Polity What Else Happened at Sinai?
175
From Covenant to Constitution Deuteronomy
193
The Classic Biblical Utopia
225
Joshua Gods Federal Republic
227
The Postbiblical Tradition
365
Talmudic Constitutionalism
367
Medieval Covenant Theory
385
Covenant and Polity in the Premodern Jewish Historical Experience
401
The Covenant Tradition in Modernity
421
The Covenant Idea and the Jewish Political Tradition A Summary Statement
437
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