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Disempowered King: Monarchy in Classical Jewish Literature
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Disempowered King: Monarchy in Classical Jewish Literature (Paperback)

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This is an absorbing and original study of the concept of kingship in classical Jewish literature, as well as three approaches to it found in the Bible. "Subordinated King" studies the conception of kingship, and its status, powers and authority in Talmudic literature. The book deals with the conception of kingship against the background of the different approaches to kingship both in biblical literature and in the political views prevalent in the Roman Empire. In the Bible one finds three (exclusive) approaches to kingship: rejection of the king as a legitimate political institution - since God is the (political) king; a version of royal theology according to which the king is divine (or sacral); and a view that God is not a political king yet the king has no divine or sacral dimension. The king is flesh and blood; hence his authority and power are limited. He is a 'subordinated king'. "Subordinated King" is the first book to offer a comprehensive study of kingship in Talmudic literature and its biblical (and contemporary) background. The book offers a fresh conceptual framework that sheds new light on both the vast minutia and the broad picture.

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies publishes new research which provides new directions for modern Jewish thought and life and which serves to enhance the quality of dialogue between classical sources and the modern world. This book series reflects the mission of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a pluralistic research and leadership institute, at the forefront of Jewish thought and education. It empowers scholars, rabbis, educators and layleaders to develop new and diverse voices within the tradition, laying foundations for the future of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsJudaismJudaism: sacred texts Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 01/03/2011 ISBN-13: 9781441140883  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Yair Lorberbaum is Professor at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He has served as a guest lecturer at Cardozo Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University, and Yale University. His most recent book, Image of God: Halakha and Aggadah, won him the prestigious Goldstein-Goren Book Award for 2007-2010; the award is bestowed once every three years to the author of the best recent book in the field of Jewish thought.

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