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Political Theology of Judaism: What Do the Classical Sources of This Religion Say about Politics?
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Scripture, the Mishnah, and the Talmuds set forth a profoundly political conception of religion. The Pentateuch portrays Israel as “a kingdom of priests and a holy people,” and further takes for granted that the that “kingdom” or “people” forms a political entity, capable of exercising legitimate violence. …

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Neusner, Jacob, “Political Theology of Judaism: What Do the Classical Sources of This Religion Say about Politics?”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0144>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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