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The Peace and Violence of Judaism
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The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

Robert Eisen


This study provides a comprehensive analysis of Jewish views on peace and violence. It examines five major thought-worlds in Judaism—the Bible, rabbinic Judaism, medieval Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, and modern Zionism—and it demonstrates that each of these thought-worlds exhibits ambiguity regarding peace and violence. To make this case, an unusual format has been adopted. Two separate analyses are presented for each of the thought-worlds: one that argues for a peaceful reading of Judaism, and another that argues for a violent reading. The aim is to show that both readings are valid and authe ... More

Keywords: peace, violence, religion, Judaism, Jewish, Bible, rabbinic Judaism, medieval Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, Zionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751471
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Eisen, author
George Washington University
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