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The Jewish Political Tradition: Volume two: Membership

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ISBN-13: 978-0300094282
ISBN-10: 0300094280
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"The Jewish Political Tradition is remarkable for both what it does and how it does it. It is a splendid achievement. When Jews call themselves the people of the book, this is the sort of book they have, or at least ought to have, in mind."

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Product Details

  • Series: Jewish Political Tradition
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300094280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300094282
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a collaboration of two dozen very smart scholars -- mainly philosophers, lawyers and political scientists -- who mined the Jewish tradition for writings on the question of membership. It is a wonderful resource for exploring the nature of the perennial "who is a Jew" question as well as questions about conversion, gender inequality and heresy. The most politically relevant section is the final one, which looks at Jews' relationship with gentiles and closes with a fascinating review of sources considering the status of non-Jews in the State of Israel.

The book's selections are well-chosen and well-edited, though some seem cut a bit too short (inevitable, I suppose, in such a wide-ranging compendium). The interpretive essays on each reading are gems of insight that will keep you thinking and talking. The Jewish Political Tradition would be a wonderful book for discussion in an adult Jewish education class.
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