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A Republic Whose Sovereign is the Creator: The Politics of the Ban of Representation

Shmuel Trigano

in Crediting God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233199
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823233212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233199.003.0004
A Republic Whose Sovereign is               the Creator: The Politics of the Ban of Representation

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This chapter presents a reading of the political philosophy of the Torah, and in particular of the structure of the Hebrew Republic, which is a question that was not only fundamental in early modern republican thought but is also a crucial question in Israel today. It works out one possible way to understand the inner connection between theocracy and democracy in the sense that God's rule is opposed to sovereignty and is best realized by a constitutional system that turns on the impossibility of representing God politically. The discussion offers a way to understand the role of the Hebrew Bible in the setting up of modern constitutionalism, which falls neither into political theology nor into civil religion. It seeks to maintain the critical potential that the Bible has to question the “idolatrous” elements in modern democracy, where the void of representation is filled up by a totalization of the people.

Keywords: Torah; Judaism; political philosophy; Hebrew Republic; theocracy; democracy

Chapter.  7058 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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