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Bibil Identifier bibil:142296
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Prophecy and Constitutionalism in the Political Imagery of Axial Age Civilizations
Author Eisenstadt, Shmuel Noah
Journal Hebraic Political Studies (Volume: 2, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 1-19 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Axial age civilizations, over a relatively short period of time surrounding the first century C.E., developed radically new conceptions of the relationship between the mundane and the transcendental. These conceptions became defining elements of those civilizations, giving rise to new conceptions of the accountability of rules to a higher, transcendental principle. Prophecy played an important role in the crystallization and dynamics of these civilizations.

Delivered as the keynote address of the conference ‘Political Hebraism: Jewish Sources in the History of Political Thought,’ Jerusalem, December 26-29, 2006, this paper connects these dynamics with the development of constitutionalism through the analysis of the Jewish case. It thereby emphasizes the importance of axial age civilizations, and in particular the Jewish case, in forming modern understandings of law, legal frameworks, and constitutionalism.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Prophets
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Sanhedrin
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Law
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