Kresta in the Afternoon – June 21, 2019 – Hour 1

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+  Judaism, the State and Limited Government (2 segments)

  • Description: Does the idea of limited government find its roots in the Jewish tradition? What does the Bible teach about the nature and scope of the state? What is rabbis’ attitude toward political authority? And what, if anything, do the answers mean for the modern State of Israel and for the political participation of Jews in America and other Western democracies? We talk with Dr Daniel Mark.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Daniel Mark
      Dr. Daniel Mark is the immediate past chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University, where he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center and battalion professor for the NROTC unit. For the 2017-18 academic year, Daniel was a visiting fellow in the Tocqueville Program at the University of Notre Dame.
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    • In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible

      In this eagerly awaited book, political theorist Michael Walzer reports his findings after decades of thinking about the politics of the Hebrew Bible. Attentive to nuance while engagingly straightforward, Walzer examines the laws, the histories, the prophecies, and the wisdom of the ancient biblical writers and discusses their views on such central political questions as justice, hierarchy, war, the authority of kings and priests, and the experience of exile. Because there are many biblical writers with differing views, pluralism is a central feature of biblical politics. Yet pluralism, Walzer observes, is never explicitly defended in the Bible; indeed, it couldn’t be defended since God’s word had to be as singular as God himself. Yet different political regimes are described in the biblical texts, and there are conflicting political arguments—and also a recurrent anti-political argument: if you have faith in God, you have no need for strong institutions, prudent leaders, or reformist policies. At the same time, however, in the books of law and prophecy, the people of Israel are called upon to overcome oppression and “let justice well up like water, righteousness like an unfailing stream.” (learn more)

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