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Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible: Philosophical Analysis of Scriptural Narrative
Weiss, Shira

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 pp. ix + 250. $99.99


Description: In this book, Shira Weiss elucidates the moral tradition of the Hebrew Bible by subjecting ethically challenging biblical texts to moral philosophical analysis. Examining the most essential questions of Jewish Thought, she uses contemporary philosophy to decipher Scriptural ethics as uncovered from a variety of biblical stories. Aided by ancient, medieval, and contemporary resources, Weiss presents a comprehensive discussion of enduring ethical questions that arise from biblical narrative and continue to be contested in modern times. She shows how such analysis can unsettle assumptions and beliefs, as well as foster moral reflection. Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible will be of interest to scholars and students of ethics, philosophy, Jewish thought, biblical theology, and exegesis.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Jaco Gericke
Published 9/26/2019
Citation: Jaco Gericke, review of Shira Weiss, Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible: Philosophical Analysis of Scriptural Narrative, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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