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Bibil Identifier bibil:216588
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Created Equal
Title (English, ) How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought
Author Berman, Joshua A.
Review article In Conversation with Joshua A. Berman, Created Equal: How the Bible Broke With Ancient Political Thought (Oxford University Press, 2008)
Review article Created Equal
Review article Only Men are Created Equal
Review article Between Diachronic and Synchronic Approaches
Review article The Bible’s Break with Ancient Political Thought to Promote Equality - ‛It Ain’t Necessarily so.’
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Library Bibliothèque de théologie, Geneva
Signature 241
Place FT 30323
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford / New York
ISBN 978-0-19-537470-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xiv Pages
249 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Joshua Berman engages the text of the Hebrew Bible from a novel perspective -- as a document of social and political thought. He proposes that the Pentateuch can be read as the earliest prescription on record for the establishment of an egalitarian polity. The blueprint that emerges is that of a society that would stand in stark contrast to the social orders found in the surrounding cultures of the ancient Near East -- Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, and the Hittite Empire -- where the hierarchical structure of the polity was centered on the figure of the king and his retinue. Berman shows that the Pentateuch's egalitarian ideal is articulated in comprehensive fashion and is expressed in its theology, politics, economics, use of technologies of communication, and in its narrative literature. Throughout, he invokes parallels from the modern period as heuristic devices to illuminate the ancient developments under study. Thus, for example, the constitutional principles in the Book of Deuteronomy are examined in the light of principles espoused by Montesquieu, and the rise of the novel in 18th-century England serves to illuminate the advent of new modes of storytelling in biblical narrative.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Socio-historical Criticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch
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