A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in by Alan L. Mittleman, Andy Paris

By Alan L. Mittleman, Andy Paris

A quick historical past of Jewish Ethics lines the advance of Jewish ethical strategies and moral mirrored image from its Biblical roots to the current day. Offers an attractive and considerate account of Jewish ethics Brings jointly and discusses a vast variety of old resources overlaying millennia of writings and conversationsCombines present scholarship with unique insightsWritten via an immense across the world famous student of Jewish philosophy and ethics

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He must, like God, set an example of righteousness for his people. He will by so doing “turn them from wickedness and bring them to repentance” (188). He must be impartial in speech, never arrogant or tyrannical. He must understand that all human beings share the same capacity for flourishing as for suffering. Once this truth is grasped, he will find himself in solidarity with others and find courage therein (197). indd 41 8/25/2011 4:35:47 PM 42 A Short History of Jewish Ethics but to participate in all that is good, so you should deal with those subject to you and with offenders, and you should admonish good men and true very gently, for God deals with all men with gentleness” (207).

1:5). The issue here is neither sin nor punishment but ranges of condition that limit freedom of choice. Jeremiah’s choices in life were severely constrained, to say the least. Here something like fate enters the picture, a constraint on freedom of agency so deep as to be structural. (The more common case, however, is of the reluctant prophet who fears to accept his call. Consider Jonah, for example, who fled the divine charge to rebuke Nineveh and wound up in the belly of a “huge fish” for three days and three nights (Jon.

Were it not for affinities between his thought and nascent Christianity, his work would have disappeared. 55 Philo relies heavily on the concept of the Logos, which, in accord with the evolution of Platonism, is reified into something like a spiritual entity. The Logos is both conceived by mind and has independent extra-mental existence. indd 42 8/25/2011 4:35:47 PM Ethics in the Axial Age 43 creature from the Creator. This same Logos is both suppliant of ever anxiety-ridden mortality before the immortal and ambassador of the ruler to the subject.

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