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Bibil Identifier bibil:229907
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Is There Happiness in the Torah?
Author MacDonald, Nathan
Edited book The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 57-73 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This chapter pursues happiness in the Torah with reference to Aristotle’s classic definitions of happiness in the Nicomachean Ethics and Rhetoric. The chapter notes points of both similarity and dissimilarity between the Hebrew and Greek materials. For one thing, in Israel, the happy life comes from obedience to Torah not via Aristotelian virtue, and luck has very little, if indeed anything, to do with it. But happiness in the Torah, as in Aristotle, also has to do with “mundane realities” such as family life, children, land, fruitfulness, and so forth. Perhaps most importantly, the shape of the Torah means that happiness is oriented toward a telos and is thus open-ended. In many ways God’s people are on their way to happiness.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0002
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Good fortune
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Aristotle
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Priestly
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Deuteronomist
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