Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

For thousands of years the Jewish tradition has been a source of moral guidance, for Jews and non-Jews alike. As the essays in this volume show, the theologians and practitioners of Judaism have a long history of wrestling with moral questions, responding to them in an open, argumentative mode that reveals the strengths and weaknesses of all sides of a question. The Jewish tradition also offers guidance for moral conduct by individuals, communities, and countries and shows how to motivate people to do the good and right thing.

The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality is a collection of original essays addressing these topics–historical and contemporary, as well as philosophical and practical–by leading scholars from around the world. The first section of the volume describes the history of the Jewish tradition’s moral thought, from the Bible to contemporary Jewish approaches. The second part includes chapters on specific fields in ethics, including the ethics of medicine, business, sex, speech, politics, war, and the environment.

“This wonderful volume is magisterial and rich with knowledge, inspiration and information. It belongs on the bookshelf of every thinking Jew. It is a remarkable reference for scholar and layperson alike.”–JewishMediaReview

The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality addresses what has long been a major lacuna in the field of Jewish studies. No one who studies the history of Judaism would deny that ethics has always occupied a central place in Jewish thought and practice… Elliot Dorff and Jonathan Crane have given us the most definitive and encyclopedic presentation of Jewish ethics ever assembled.” —Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

“This book is an excellent addition to libraries at academic institutions; it offers specialists in subdisciplines of Jewish ethics accessible entry into the broader field and also provides a way for scholars of other ethical discourses or traditions to begin to engage with the field of Jewish ethics. Individuals or organizations engaging in interfaith work with Jewish partners are also likely to find the essays in this collection useful. The essays function as concise and generally clear introductions to a host of topics under the umbrella of Jewish ethics.”–Religious Studies Review

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