Peace, justice and religious humanism: A jewish perspective

Noam Zohar

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Throughout most of the biblical corpus, war is recognized as a salient feature of human affairs. Yet the overarching biblical vision looks beyond present conditions and practices, toward a future world peace. This world peace is envisioned as a realm of justice: a worldwide political community of nations, in which conflicts shall be resolved by a universally honored authority. But if ongoing enforcement requires regular resort to military action, how is this a realm of peace? The inherent challenge is all the more poignant considering the core religious humanism of the Judaic tradition, wherein every human being is cherished as the image of the divine. Still, the Rabbis endorsed killing as an emergency measure in the defense of self and of others. Zohar delineates an approach to the prophetic vision of world peace and the enforcement of international justice, compatible with rabbinic religious humanism and its supreme valuation of human life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Nature of Peace and the Morality of Armed Conflict
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319571232
ISBN (Print)9783319571225
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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