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By Alan L. Mittleman, Andy Paris

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A quick historical past of Jewish Ethics strains the improvement of Jewish ethical techniques and moral mirrored image from its Biblical roots to the current day. Offers a fascinating and considerate account of Jewish ethics Brings jointly and discusses a extensive variety of old assets masking millennia of writings and conversationsCombines present scholarship with unique insightsWritten through an important the world over well-known student of Jewish philosophy and ethics

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They link the human to the divine. Out of this nexus arises the possibility of theomorphic action: man is to emulate God. Although radically distinct ontologically, God and the human may share such values as compassion, justice, fidelity, and generosity. Rabbinic Judaism, as we shall see in the next chapter, develops a virtue ethic, augmented by a legal framework, of imitatio dei. This is made fully systematic in the Middle Ages by Maimonides. That ethic is already established in the biblical literature, however, although not without complications and contradictions, as we shall now see.

Were it not for affinities between his thought and nascent Christianity, his work would have disappeared. 55 Philo relies heavily on the concept of the Logos, which, in accord with the evolution of Platonism, is reified into something like a spiritual entity. The Logos is both conceived by mind and has independent extra-mental existence. indd 42 8/25/2011 4:35:47 PM Ethics in the Axial Age 43 creature from the Creator. This same Logos is both suppliant of ever anxiety-ridden mortality before the immortal and ambassador of the ruler to the subject.

Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham is about to become a great and populous nation and all the nations of the earth are to bless themselves by him? ” (Gen. 18:17–19) God’s question may be genuine or it may be rhetorical. indd 24 8/25/2011 4:35:45 PM Ethics in the Axial Age 25 uniquely destined to keep the way of the LORD, to do what is just and right. A significant demonstration of justice – the deserved punishment of the wicked inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah – should not be hidden from him.

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