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Bibil Identifier bibil:202050
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Might" and "Right" in the Biblical Narrative
Author Roshwald, Mordecai
Journal Hebraic Political Studies (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 1-24 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The confrontation between “might” and “right” is one of the basic themes of the Bible. Indeed, the imperative of commitment to right and the belief in its vindication may be regarded as a major contribution of the Israelite civilization to the Western creed. An exploration of this theme in some biblical stories where it is not obvious—such as that of Joseph and the tale of the exodus from Egypt—will make this apparent. This major theme is further highlighted in other narratives where the issue is explicitly articulated.
Yet the belief in the vindication of right is challenged in the Bible itself, as well as in post-biblical literature, in the face of Israelite/Jewish and universal human experience. An indirect response to such a challenge is implied in eschatological prophecy and in messianic beliefs, which envisage a perfect world of peace and justice.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Justice
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