Recovering the covenant

Political wisdom at Sinai

The Covenant Tradition in Politics (4 vols.), by Daniel J. Elazar
Vol. 1: Covenant and Polity in Biblical Israel
Vol. 2: Covenant and Commonwealth
Vol. 3: Covenant and Constitutionalism
Vol. 4: Covenant and Civil Society

The past 40 years have been times of liberation from oppressive orders, whether colonial, totalitarian, racist or sexist. The next 40 years must be times of founding and refounding orders of covenantal relationship. In terms of religious symbols, it is time to move from Exodus to Sinai, Shechem and Shiloh.

This is the message of Daniel J. Elazar's four-volume study of "The Covenant Tradition in Politics." The recovery and refashioning of this tradition challenges Jews and Christians, who have both heralded and hidden this treasure.

 

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