chapter  4
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Prolegomena to Jewish Political Theory

WithBernard Susser, Eliezer Don-Yehiya

Does there exist a Jewish political theory? Were this question asked about Christian or Moslem political theory, the answer would likely be in the affirmative. The vast literature that has accumulated on these subjects dispel whatever doubts may persist. But Jewish political theory hovers in limbo: not sufficiently manifest or systematic to constitute a well-defined discipline, but nevertheless so obviously present at all points that its exclusion is clearly unwarranted. Our aim in the present essay is to set forth methodically and concisely the major features, strategies, and options that any inquiry into Jewish political theory would need to take into account.1 For the most part we have avoided explicit substantive conclusions and focused on the framework of inquiry, although we are of course conscious that the two can never be fully separated.