Dichotomous Jewish understandings of security: Historical origins and contemporary expressions

Stuart A. Cohen

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Traditional Jewish perspectives on national security reflect two contradictory influences. One is the messianic vision contained in the Hebrew Bible, indisputably the foundational text of all Jewish teachings; the other is bitter historical experience, especially as memorialized in the threnodies added over the centuries to the traditional Jewish liturgy. The first part of this chapter will discuss the dichotomous messages imparted by those two bodies of sources. Thereafter, it will analyze the principal Jewish debates over the religious meaning of security currently taking place, especially in the modern state of Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781136239328
ISBN (Print)9780415667449
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

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