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Rabbinic Political Theory: Religion and Politics in the Mishnah (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism)

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In The Economics of the Mishnah Jacob Neusner showed how economics functioned as an active and generative ingredient in the system of the Mishnah. With this new study, Rabbinic Political Theory, he moves from the economics to the politics of the Mishnah, placing that politics in the broader context of ancient political theory.

Neusner begins his study with a modification of Weber's categories for a theory of politics: myth, institutions, administration, passion, responsibility, and proportion. Detailing the Mishnah's conception of politics, Neusner considers what he calls the stable and static structure and system through comparison with Aristotle. Although Aristotle's Politics and the Mishnah share a common economic theory based on the fundamental unit of the householder, they diverge in their conceptions of political structure and order. Aristotle embeds economics within political economy, while, Neusner argues, the Mishnah presents the anomaly of an economics separated from politics.

Using modern political terms, this study explicates the complicated politics developed by the philosopher-theologians of the Mishnah. It is a first-rate contribution to our understanding of the intersection of politics, political philosophy, and the Mishnaic system.

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Includes bibliographical references ( p. 229-253) and indexes..

About the Author

Jacob Neusner is Graduate Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. The Economics of the Misnah is also available from the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Defining a Politics and the Politics of a Religion

2. Defining a Judaism and the Judaism of the Mishnah

Part One - The Structure

3. Politics within the Judaic Myth

4. The Divine Plan of Perfect Hierarchy

5. Administering the Social Order

Part Two - The System

6. Passion: Sanctification

7. Responsibility: Intention

8. Transcending Power: Proportion and Governance

Part Three - The Politics of Judaism in Systemic Context

9. Judaism's Initial Politics: A Theory of Comparison and Contrast

10. Why Aristotle in Particular?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226576510
Author:
Neusner, Jacob
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Rabbinical literature
Subject:
Judaism - Theology
Subject:
Mishnah
Subject:
Politics in rabbinical literature.
Subject:
Judaism - Theology x
Subject:
REL040090
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism
Series Volume:
9274
Publication Date:
19910631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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