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Joshua A. Berman's Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political PDF

By Joshua A. Berman

In Created Equal, Joshua Berman engages the textual content of the Hebrew Bible from a unique standpoint, contemplating it as a rfile of social and political notion. He proposes that the Pentateuch might be learn because the earliest prescription on list for the institution of an egalitarian polity. What emerges is the blueprint for a society that may stand in stark distinction to the encircling cultures of the traditional close to East -- Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, and the Hittite Empire - during which the hierarchical constitution of the polity was once headquartered at the determine of the king and his retinue. Berman exhibits that an egalitarian excellent is articulated in entire model within the Pentateuch and is expressed in its theology, politics, economics, use of applied sciences of conversation, and in its narrative literature. all through, he invokes parallels from the trendy interval as heuristic units to light up historical advancements. therefore, for instance, the constitutional ideas within the booklet of Deuteronomy are tested within the gentle of these espoused by means of Montesquieu, and the increase of the radical in 18th-century England serves to light up the arrival of latest modes of storytelling in biblical narrative.

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