Law, Covenant, and Property in the Jewish Tradition


This conference inquired into what-if any-understanding of individual liberty emerges from the Jewish political tradition. Our discussions, in which the ideas of covenant and law serve a central organizing purpose, began with the Torah, moving next to Talmudic interpretations, and finally to questions about political and economic organization in contemporary Jewish civilizations.


Conference Readings

“Babylonian Talmud.” Talmudic Books, Inc. (December 6, 2012).

---. Sifre: A Tannaitic Commentary on the Book of Deuteronomy. Translated by Reuven Hammer. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1987.

Berman, Joshua. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Eisenstadt, S. N. Comparative Civilizations and Multiple Modernities, Part II. Leiden: Brill, 2003.

Elazar, Daniel J. Kinship and Consent. New York: University Press of America, 1983.

Greenstein, Edward, “Biblical Law” In Back to the Sources, edited by Barry Hold, 83-104. New York: Summit Books, 1984.

Hazony, Yoram. The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Lifshitz, Joseph. Judaism, Law & the Free Market: An Analysis. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 2012.

Maimonides, Moses. The Code of Maimonides. Translated by Isaac Klein. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949.

Novak, David. Natural Law in Judaism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Sauer, Corinne and Rob. Judaism, Markets, and Capitalism. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 2012.

The Jewish Publication Society. Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures. Translated by The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1985.