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Does Judaism Condone Violence?: Holiness and Ethics in the Jewish Tradition

Alan L. Mittleman


We live in an age beset by religiously inspired violence. Terms such as “holy war” are the stock-in-trade of the evening news. But what is the relationship between holiness and violence? Can acts such as murder ever truly be described as holy? This book offers a searching philosophical investigation of holiness and ethics in the Jewish tradition, and more specifically whether Judaism condones violence. Jewish texts feature episodes of divinely inspired violence, and the position of the Jews as God's chosen people has been invoked to justify violent acts today. Are these justifications valid? O ... More

Keywords: violence, Jews, holiness, natural world, goodness, ethics, Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174235
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan L. Mittleman, author
The Jewish Theological Seminary

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