Was the Author of Samuel a Political Philosopher?

July 18 2018

In The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel, published last year, Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes argue that the author of this biblical book is “an uncannily astute observer of politics” and tease out from his words a sophisticated political argument about the perils of monarchy. Sam Brody, while finding much to praise about The Beginning of Politics, also expresses some reservations:

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More about: Hebrew Bible, History & Ideas, Political philosophy, Samuel

How Israel Beat the Terror Wave

June 24 2022

From March to May, a series of small-scale terrorist attacks claimed the lives of some twenty Israelis, and raised fears that jihadist murder would again become a fact of everyday life in the Jewish state. Hillel Frisch details how a swift campaign waged by the IDF and Shin Bet, employing deliberate and discriminate force, succeeded in restoring the peace:

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More about: Israeli Security, Palestinian terror, West Bank