Unterman, Jeremiah. “Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics”, (JPS Essential Judaism), Jewish Publication Society, 2017.
Changing the Course of Ethical Thought
In “Justice for All”, Jeremiah Unterman shows that the Jewish Bible had tremendous influence on not only the Jews but also as the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization. The ethics of the Jewish Bible presents significant moral advances over
Ancient Near East cultures. We read how the Bible’s unique concept of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and messages from the prophets are the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Unterman brings together biblical texts and the themes of what is going on today (immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world). The goal of the Bible is to create holy and moral people and we see time and again that the Bible is a statement of intent and not just a collection of stories with ethical value.
Unterman has organized his book topically making it easy to find what we might look for.