“Justice for All” How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics” by Jeremiah Unterman— The Influence of Jewish Thought

Unterman, Jeremiah. “Justice for All” How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics”, Jewish Publication Society, 2017.

The Influence of Jewish Thought

Amos Lassen

I want to give advance information on this very important book that will be coming our way in March. In “Justice for All” we see that the Jewish Bible (The Five Books of Moses, The Prophets and The Writings) radically changed the course of ethical thought and influenced Jewish thought and law as well as laying the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization.

The ethics of the Jewish Bible represents a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures, and we see here how the “Bible’s unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals”. Jeremiah Unterman brings together timeless biblical texts and themes of our times such as “immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world.”

Unterman tells us that the Bible’s goal is to create a holy, moral people and he demonstrates that this is not just a modern reading of the Bible but a true statement of what the Bible’s purpose is.

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