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The Horizontal Society : Understanding the Covenant and Alphabetic Judaism. Volumes I & II

ISBN: 978-1-936235-04-9

Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2017

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Аннотация

The Horizontal Society is an exposition of rabbinic thought as exemplified by Maimonides. The thought streams of Greece, Rome, and Christendom serve as a contrast. This work is in the Hebrew rhetorical tradition of melisa. The main text in five sections—The God of Israel, The Books of Israel, The Governance of Israel, The Memory of Israel, and The Folly of Israel—focuses on these core matters. It includes numerous references to orient the reader. The mode is similar to the author's previous work, such as Golden Doves with Silver Dots: Semiotics and Textuality in Rabbinic Tradition, interacting with the latest thought from today's academy. This book illustrates the horizontal organization of the Jewish people. Other social organization is based on hierarchy. Two principles made this difference possible for Israel. First, the Hebrew Scriptures alone propose that every human being is created in the image of God.This necessitates the absolute equality of every human being. Second, the Sinai covenant establishes the Law as the supreme authority. Whereas in other societies, might is the source of authority, in Judaism authority is limited by the Law. These principles were summarized by the last Prophet of Israel: "Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously…, profaning the covenant of our fathers?" (Mal 2:10). There is a subdivided bibliography of forty pages, including both Jewish and "Western" sources. The scholarly apparatus includes indices of terms, names, and subjects. There are also seventy appendices of interest to rabbinic readership.

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Preface vii
Acknowledgements viii
Hebrew Transliteration Table xiv
Abbreviations xiv
Prologue xv
Volume I 1
Section I. THE GOD OF ISRAEL 2
Introductory Remarks 3
1. The Book of Creation 8
2. Monolingualism and the Analphabetic Mind 13
3. God as a Writer 20
4. Of Scribes and Analphabetic Poets 28
Concluding Reflections 37
Section II. THE BOOKS OF ISRAEL 44
Introductory Remarks 45
5. The Berit (‘Covenant’) Sinai-Moab 48
6. Scripture and the Mental Law of Israel 54
7. The Publication of Scripture 59
8. Epistles and Memoranda 66
9. Interpreting the Books of Israel 69
10. Law and the Judiciary 72
11. The Boundaries of Derasha 78
Concluding Reflections 83
Section III. THE GOVERNANCE OF ISRAEL 88
Introductory Remarks 89
12. Of Herut 96
13. Hierarchic Humanity 100
14. Horizontal Man 106
15. The Household of Israel 109
16. Humanity before Statehood 115
17. God’s Territory 119
18. The Three Crowns of Israel 123
19. Hebrew Theocracy: Sovereignty under the Law 128
20. The Crown of a Good Name 135
21. Galut: Right without Might 138
22. Jewish Dominion over the Land of Israel 143
23. Pagan Political Thought 146
24. A Perfect Tora 151
25. The Five Doctrines Taught by Patriarch Abraham 155
26. The Two-Realm Governance 159
27. Silencing Scripture 166
28. The Road to Serfdom: Freedom without Law 171
29. Paul’s Theo-politics 175
30. Escape from Guilt 182
31. Imperial Religion 188
32. The Political Dimension of Anti-Semitism 190
33. Two Concepts of Human Rights 194
34. Pax Romana and Pax Hebraica 198
35. The Sabbath is the Lord’s 202
36. Separating Church from State 204
Concluding Reflections 212
Section IV. THE MEMORY OF ISRAEL 214
Introductory Remarks 215
37. National Memory 223
38. The Matrix of Jewish Memory 230
39. Walking Under the Fox’s Shadow 238
40. The Emergence of the Sword/Cross Axis 245
41. A Crisis of Memory 249
42. Unmasking Spurious Verus Israel 254
43. The Publication of the Mishna 259
44. Minting Tradition into Oral Law 264
45. National and Vernacular Memory 272
46. Melis?a and the Realm of the Verisimilar 279
47. Expanding National Memory 287
48. Kalla and the Formation of the Babylonian Talmud 292
Concluding Reflections 299
Section V. THE FOLLY OF ISRAEL 302
Introductory Remarks 303
49. Qabbala and the Conveyence of Talmudic Tradition 308
50. “Little Foxes” — Rabbis without Qabbala 314
51. The Day of the Willow 324
52. The Genesis of Jewish Heroic Virtue 333
53. Heroic Knowledge 341
54. Payback Time — the Case of the Catalonian Rabbis 346
55. “Our Lords, the Rabbis of France” 349
56. Fighting Assimilation? 353
57. Kabbalah vs. Qabbala 362
58. Cult of the Occult 373
59. The anti-Scientific Obstinacy of the Maimonideans 378
60. The Five Pillars of Anti-Maimonidean Kabbalah 385
61. The Problem with ‘Philosophy’ 393
62. A Reflective Response to R. Hayye Gaon’s Call 400
63. The Mishne Tora 406
64. Hierarchic Truth 415
65. The Inerrant Saint 419
66. Israel’s Fourth Miracle 427
Concluding Reflections 431
Epilogue 434
Volume II 436
APPENDICES 437
1. Vocalization of the Scroll of the Tora 438
2. Hebrew ‘Writing’ and ‘Reading’ 440
3. Alphabetization and Masora 443
4. Precept, Monolatry, and Sanctity 443
5. Defilement of the Hands 449
6. ‘Depositing a Text’ for Publication 452
7. An Academy to Police the Hebrew Language 453
8. Reciting a Text for Publication 455
9. Wearing Phylacteries 455
10. The Autonomy of the Law 461
11. Alien Cult 467
12. Morasha 469
13. Becoming a Single Body 472
14. Gideon and Washington 472
15. The Concept of Galut 473
16. By Virtue of Conquest 474
17. Private Property 477
18. Equality before the Law 478
19. T ‘M 480
20. Malicious Erudition 480
21. Why we should all strive to be Illiterate 483
22. Purloining an Ass for Christ: Freedom without Law 484
23. Ingesting Jesus 486
24. Extreme Dichotomy 487
25. Erasing the Memory of ‘Amaleq 488
26. ‘Prophets/Scribes’ and the National Archives of Israel 490
27. Yeshiba 491
28. Perush, Be’ur, and Peshat 492
29. Pappus b. Judah 494
30. Verus Israel? 494
31. Remez 496
32. Qabbala and Halakha 499
33. Halakha le-Moshe mi-Sinai 503
34. Derekh Qes ara 505
35. God’s Mystery 506
36. Seder 507
37. The Four Levels of Instruction 508
38. Teaching Tora in Public 509
39. Shone: Rehearsing and Conveying Halakha 510
40. Megillat Setarim 510
41. The Publication of Oral Texts 511
42. TQN 514
43. The Introduction of the Monetary System in Rabbinic Tradition 515
44. Oral Law 516
45. Writing the Oral Law 517
46. Was there a ‘Dispensation’ to write the Oral Law? 529
47. Hebrew h ibber and Arabic tadwin 532
48. Gemara and Talmud 533
49. Emora 544
50. National Publication for Use in Constitutional Interpretation: the Jewish and the US Systems 547
51. Tanya Kevatteh 548
52. Leaning Towards the Majority 549
53. Mahdora 552
54. “Little Foxes” 553
55. Minim and Minut 554
56. Tukku 557
57. About “Strict Talmudists” 558
58. Semantic Assimilation 562
59. Heroes and Heroism 567
60. Hasid and Hasidut 570
61. The Targum 580
62. Writing a Sefer Tora 585
63. The Sorrowful Scholarship of Professor Baer 586
64. Medieval Jewish Prophets 588
65. The Science of Necromancy 558
66. The Mandate of the Jewish Court According to Ramban 591
67. The Ministry of Luminous Rabbis: Unerring and Inerrable 591
68. Settled Law 597
69. Relying on Legal Sources and Authorities 598
70. The Library of Lucena 602
Bibliography 603
INDICES 633
Index of References 634
Index of Subjects 647
Index of Names 662
Index of Terms 666

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