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
Alan Mittleman is Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His books include Hope in a Democratic Age (2009) and The Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah (2000). Mittleman's work seeks to bring Jewish thought into a constructive conversation with ethics, political theory, and philosophy of religion.
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