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A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant

A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant

Alan L. Mittleman

ISBN: 978-1-405-18941-5

Jan 2012

224 pages

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$41.95

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A Short History of Jewish Ethics traces the development of Jewish moral concepts and ethical reflection from its Biblical roots to the present day. 

  • Offers an engaging and thoughtful account of Jewish ethics
  • Brings together and discusses a broad range of historical sources covering two millennia of writings and conversations
  • Combines current scholarship with original insights
  • Written by a major internationally recognized scholar of Jewish philosophy and ethics
Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

1 Ethics in the Axial Age 16

2 Some Aspects of Rabbinic Ethics 52

3 Medieval Philosophical Ethics 88

4 Medieval Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Ethics 124

5 Modern Jewish Ethics 156

Conclusion 199

Index 202

“This is a fine study and relatively accessible for an academic work . . . The book is mostly descriptive rather than evaluative. Dr. Mittleman does seem particularly concerned to show the value of Jewish ethics to those operating from mainstream secular philosophical schools of thought. Recommended.”  (Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews, 1 September 2012)

“For those with some background, Mittleman provides a thoughtful tour through a number of seminal moments in Jewish ethical reflection.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Some advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty.   (Choice, 1 July  2012)

""[It] admirably recounts the Jewish tradition of ethical inquiry from its biblical beginnings until today. Mittleman is thoroughly at home in the primary sources and secondary literature. He is also an expert on contemporary moral philosophy, which enables him to contextualize Jewish thought within a wider framework of ethical theory ... He covers a vast amount of information in 200 pages, and the reader who perseveres will learn much about the broad sweep of Jewish ethical thinking."" Jewish Ideas Daily
  • Offers an engaging and thoughtful account of Jewish ethics
  • Brings together and discusses a broad range of historical sources covering two millennia of writings and conversations
  • Combines current scholarship with original insights
  • Written by a major internationally recognized scholar of Jewish philosophy and ethics