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Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought

Joshua A. Berman


This book reveals the Hebrew Bible to be a sophisticated work of political philosophy, and the birthplace of egalitarian thought. Focusing on the Pentateuch, this book lays bare the manner in which the Bible appropriated and reconstituted ancient norms and institutions to create a new blueprint for society. Theology, politics, and economics were marshaled anew to weaken traditional seats of power, and to create a homogeneous class of empowered common citizens. Much of this anticipates developments in the history of political thought that would recur only during the Enlightenment and in the tho ... More

Keywords: Egalitarianism, equality, Pentateuch, economics, politic philosophy, covenant, theology, class, vassal treaty, alphabet, printing press

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua A. Berman, author
Bar-Ilan University
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