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John Locke's Political Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible

John Locke's Political Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible

$135.00 (C)

  • Publication planned for: June 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428187

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  • John Locke's treatises on government make frequent reference to the Hebrew Bible, while references to the New Testament are almost completely absent. To date, scholarship has not addressed this surprising characteristic of the treatises. In this book, Yechiel Leiter offers a Hebraic reading of Locke's fundamental political text. In doing so, he formulates a new school of thought in Lockean political interpretation and challenges existing ones. He shows how a grasp of the Hebraic underpinnings of Locke's political theory resolves many of the problems, as well as scholarly debates, that are inherent in reading Locke. More than a book about the political theory of John Locke, this volume is about the foundational ideas of western civilization. While focused on Locke's Hebraism, it demonstrates the persistent relevance of the biblical political narrative to modernity. It will generate interest among students of Locke and political theory; philosophy and early modern history; and within Bible study communities.

    • Proposes a new way of reading Locke's major political work and understanding his political theory
    • Positions Locke as a thinker who is neither traditional nor radical, yet is both
    • Expounds on political ideas found in the Hebrew Bible
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428187
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Retrieving the lost honor of the first treatise
    2. Locke's unusual natural law
    3. Equality and liberty: the role of imago dei vs. domineering phantom
    4. Property and charity: the biblical contours of Lockean economics
    5. On rebellion: what makes a revolution glorious?
    6. The fall and the extent of human depravity.

  • Author

    Yechiel Leiter, University of Haifa, Israel
    Yechiel J. Michael Leiter is President of the Veresta Group and a Senior Fellow at the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem.

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