Justice for All

Justice for All

How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics

JPS Essential Judaism

by Jeremiah Unterman

Published by: The Jewish Publication Society

320 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 2 indexes

  • ISBN: 9780827612709
  • Published: March 2017


Justice for All demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law and also laid the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization.

Jeremiah Unterman shows us persuasively that the ethics of the Jewish Bible represent a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures. Moreover, he elucidates how the Bible’s unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Justice for All connects these timeless biblical texts to the persistent themes of our times: immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world.