Book Review: The Beginning Of Politics

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Beginning Of Politics:  Power In The Biblical Book Of Samuel, by Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes


This book is a stellar example of what happens when someone gets biblical, historial, and political analysis right.  There are a lot of bad books that try to talk about God’s politics [1] but few manage to ask the right questions to the Bible or read the details that provide one with stark insight.  This book manages to do that with flair and elegance, and is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the essential ambivalence that the Bible has towards authority from the very beginning of the monarchy.  Reading this book helped me better understand my own thoughts about the absence of commentary in the Bible about the ideal forms of the Bible, and the authors of this book would suggest that such an absence is a reflection of the fact…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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