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Exodus And Revolution [Paperback]

By Michael Walzer (Author)
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Noted political philosopher Michael Walzer offers a moving meditation on the political meanings of the biblical story of Exodus. "Walzer knows his Bible. He stands in the growing ranks of contemporary academicians who are discovering in biblical and rabbinic sources a literature rich with significance for modern man".--Chaim Potok, "Philadelphia Inquirer".

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The noted political philosopher offers a moving meditation on the political meanings of the biblical story of Exodus -- from oppression to deliverance and the promised land.

"A rewarding book -- elegantly written, subtly argued, full of stimulating suggestions." -- John Gross, New York Times

"An important book. . . . Walzer shows the real power of the Exodus story as a political document an convincingly demonstrate how it has shaped later thinking about revolutionary alternatives." -- Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

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Studio: Basic Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 9, 1986
Publisher   Basic Books
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0465021638  
ISBN13  9780465021635  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael Walzer is Emeritus Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. He is the author of Arguing About War, On Toleration, and Just and Unjust Wars.

Michael Walzer currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Michael Walzer was born in 1943 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton University.

Michael Walzer has published or released items in the following series...
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Covenant Theology = Social Contract Theory?  Nov 20, 2006
Walzer is a Princeton Professor who writes in this book that Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Rousseau have their precursors in the Torah's Exodus narrative. Walzer is not interested in the implications of Biblical Higher Criticism, nor is he interested in theology per se. Rather, he looks at how the Exodus narrative out of Egypt has been used for social arguments. He then goes on to find those aspects within the narrative and elaborate. He writes, "I don't mean to disparage the sacred, only to explore the secular: my subject is not what God has done but what men and women have done, first with the biblical text itself and then in the world, with the text in their hands."
Walzer does a good job writing how covenant theology developed in the Torah: from Noah, to Abraham, to Moses and the Israelites. He says that the post-Sinai covenant is in "good Rousseauian fashion, out of the wills of independents."
He says that "revolution" is the narrative of "oppression, liberation, social contract, political struggle, new society (danger of restoration)." Thus the process of revolution is adeptly reveled in narrative. This is why the Exodus narrative has been a milestone for Western culture's progress.
Walzer concludes with an adept discussion on Zionism, where he finds that two broad arguments: "Exodus Zionism" and "messianic Zionism" (the former, politically left, the latter, politically right) both appeal to canonical text. According to Walzer, these two competing views and how they interpret the Torah are responsible, in large part, for the current tensions in Palestine.
There is too much here to review (e.g. the provocative critique in the Exodus narrative that Walzer sees as an implicit critique of Hegel), this book is recommended for those interested in the intersections between theology, political theory, philosophy, and biblical studies.

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