THE JOURNAL OF LAW

AND RELIGION

Volume XVII                                           2002                                        Numbers 1 & 2

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editor’s Preface                                                                                   xxi

                                         

Articles

David Benatar ............. Obligation, Motivation and Reward:

................................... An Analysis of a Talmudic Principle................ 1

 

Hanina Ben-Menahem.. Maimonides on Equity: Reconsidering

................................... the Guide for the Perplexed III:34................. 19

 

Richard H. Hiers.......... Biblical Social Welfare Legislation: Protected

................................... Classes and Provisions for Persons in Need.. 49

 

 

Review Essays and Book Reviews

Jewish Ethics and Politics

Allan Arkush................ On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy,

................................... by L.E. Goodman............................................. 97

 

Alan Avery-Peck......... Commandment and Community: New Essays

................................... in Jewish Legal and Political Philosophy,

................................... edited by Daniel H. Frank............................... 101

 

David Benatar.............. Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality:

................................... A Reader, edited by Elliot N. Dorff &

................................... Louis E. Newman.......................................... 103

 

 

David M. Cobin............ Selected Topics in Jewish Law, Volumes 4

................................... and 5: Abortion and Treating the Critically Ill,

................................... by Daniel Sinclair........................................... 107

 

Steven Copeland.......... Review Essay: That Law which Calls us Away from

................................... Mystifying Rapture to Religious Responsibility.

................................... Entre Nous: On Thinking-of-the-Other;

................................... Nine Talmudic Readings,

................................... by Emmanuel Levinas;

................................... The Burnt Book: Reading the Talmud,

................................... by Marc-Alain Ouaknin;................................. 111

 

David R. Dow.............. Human Rights in Judaism: Cultural, Religious,

................................... and Political Perspectives,

................................... edited by Michael J. Broyde &

................................... John Witte, Jr. ............................................... 121

 

Paul Finkelman............. Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting

................................... the Record Straight, by Eli Faber................... 125

 

Robert Goldenberg....... A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in

................................... Traditional Judaism, by David Hartman......... 129

 

Catherine Hezser......... A Tree of Life.  Diversity, Flexibility, and

................................... Creativity in Jewish Law, by Louis Jacobs..... 133

 

Catherine Hezser......... Essays on Law and Religion.  The Berkeley and Oxford Symposia in Honour of David Daube, edited by Calum M. Carmichael 137

 

Catherine Hezser......... Jewish Law: Bibliography of Sources and Scholarship in English, by Phyllis Holman Weisbard & David Schonberg 141

 

Martin Kavka............... Review Essay: Monotheism and the

................................... Capabilities Approach: On the Writings of

................................... Lenn E. Goodman.

................................... Judaism, Human Rights and Human Values;

................................... On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy;

................................... God of Abraham, by Lenn Evan Goodman..... 143

 

 

Milton R. Konvitz......... Natural Law in Judaism,

................................... by David Novak............................................. 155

 

David Kraemer............ The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. One:

................................... Authority, edited by Michael Walzer,

................................... Menachem Lorberbaum, & Noam J. Zohar..... 159

 

Etienne Lepicard.......... AIDS in Jewish Thought and Law,

................................... edited by Gad Freudenthal.............................. 163

 

David L. Lieber............ Four Approaches to the Book of Psalms: From Saadiah Gaon to Abraham Ibn Ezra,

................................... by Uriel Simon .............................................. 167

 

Eric Michael Mazur...... Torah and Constitution: Essays in American

................................... Jewish Thought, by Milton R. Konvitz............ 171

 

Eric Michael Mazur...... American Jews and the Separationist Faith:

................................... The New Debate on Religion in Public Life,

................................... edited by David G. Dalin................................. 175

 

Russell G. Pearce......... Review Essay: Reflections on the American

................................... Jewish Lawyer.

................................... Rabbis and Lawyers: The Journey from

................................... Torah to Constitution; by Jerold S. Auerbach;

................................... The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law:

................................... Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal

................................... Profession, by Michael J. Broyde .................. 179

 

Avram Israel Reisner... Medicine and Jewish Law I.;

................................... Medicine and Jewish Law II,

................................... edited by Fred Rosner.................................... 189

 

Steven H. Resnicoff..... Jewish Law and the New Reproductive

................................... Technologies, edited by Emanuel Feldman &

................................... Joel B. Wolowelsky........................................ 193

 

Yale L. Rosenberg....... Crime, Punishment, and Deterrence:

................................... An American-Jewish Exploration,

................................... edited by David M. Gordis.............................. 197

 

 

Noam J. Zohar............. Past Imperatives: Studies in the History and

................................... Theory of Jewish Ethics,

................................... by Louis E. Newman...................................... 201

 

Jewish Law

David M. Cobin............ Between Civil and Religious Law: The Plight

................................... of the Agunah in American Society,

................................... by Irving A. Breitowitz................................... 203

 

Perry Dane.................. The Study of Talmud: Understanding the

................................... Halachic Mind,

................................... by Abraham Hirsch Rabinowitz....................... 207

 

Dena S. Davis.............. Women and Jewish Law: The Essential Texts,

................................... Their History, & Their Relevance for Today,

................................... by Rachel Biale.............................................. 217

 

James A. Diamond....... Maimonides on the “Decline of the

................................... Generations” and the Nature of Rabbinic

................................... Authority, by Menachem Kellner.................... 219

 

Leon Wiener Dow........ Authority, Process and Method: Studies in

................................... Jewish Law, edited by Hanina Ben-

................................... Menahem & Neil S. Hecht............................. 223

 

Gordon M. Freeman..... Rabbinic Political Theory: Religion and

................................... Politics in the Mishnah, by Jacob Neusner..... 227

 

Neil Gillman................. The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism,

................................... by Norman Lamm.......................................... 231

 

Bernard S. Jackson...... Review Essay: A Jewish Law Miscellany.

................................... Marriage as a Covenant.  A Study of Biblical Law and Ethics Governing Marriage Developed from the Perspective of Malachi,

................................... by Gordon Paul Hugenberger;

................................... Symbols of Law: A Contextual Analysis of Legal Symbolic Acts in the Old Testament,

................................... by Åke Viberg;

................................... Divine Law in Human Hands.  Case Studies in Halakhic Flexibility,

................................... by Jacob Halakhah Ba-Metsar Katz;

................................... Meta-Halakhah: Logic, Intuition, and the Unfolding of Jewish Law, by Moshe Koppel;

................................... Judaism, Human Values, and the Jewish State,

................................... edited by Yeshayahu Leibowitz & Eliezer Goldman;

................................... Authority, Process and Method: Studies in Jewish Law, edited by H. Ben-Menahem & Neil S. Hecht;

................................... The Dynamics of Judaism: A Study in Jewish Law, by Robert Gordis;

................................... Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud: Selections

................................... from Classical Jewish Sources, by Fred Rosner;

................................... Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics, by Elliot N. Dorff;

................................... Women in Chains: A Sourcebook on the Agunah, edited by Jack Nusan Porter 235

 

David Kraemer............ Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish

................................... Life and Law, edited by Rahel R. Wasserfall... 247

 

Samuel J. Levine.......... A Restatement of Rabbinic Civil Law,

................................... Volumes VII and VIII, by Emanuel Quint........ 251

 

Jacob Meskin............... Review Essay: Modern Perspectives on Jewish Law: An Anthology of Contemporary Legal Scholarship, and an Analysis of Modern Views

................................... of Midrash.

................................... Jewish Law and Legal Theory,

................................... edited by Martin P. Golding;

................................... How Do We Know This?  Midrash and the Fragmentation of Modern Judaism,

................................... by Jay M. Harris ........................................... 257

 

Jacob Neusner............. Family Redeemed: Essays on Family

................................... Relationships (Meotzar HoRav: Selected

................................... Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik,

................................... Volume One), edited by David Shatz &

................................... Joel B. Wolowelsky........................................ 263

 

 

Ronen Reichman &

Wolfgang V. Abel........ Comparing Religions through Law:

................................... Judaism and Islam,

................................... by Jacob Neusner & Tamara Sonn.................. 267

 

Ronen Reichman.......... Are the Talmuds Interchangeable?  Christine Hayes’s Blunder, by Jacob Neusner 273

 

Steven H. Resnicoff..... Rabbinic Authority and Personal Autonomy,

................................... edited by Moshe Z. Sokol............................... 279

 

Marilyn Salmon............ Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman’s Voice,

................................... by Judith Hauptman........................................ 283

 

Renee S. Septimus....... Women, Jewish Law and Modernity: New

................................... Opportunities in a Post-Feminist Age,

................................... by Joel B. Wolowelsky................................... 287

 

Shmuel Shilo................ The Right and the Good: Halakhah and

................................... Human Relations, by Daniel Z. Feldman......... 291

 

Stephen J. Werber........ The Essence of Talmudic Law and Thought,

................................... by Samuel N. Hoenig..................................... 297

 

Stephen J. Werber........ Jewish Law (Mishpat Ivri): Cases and Materials, by Menachem Elon, Bernard Auerbach,

................................... Daniel D. Chazin & Melvin J. Sykes............... 303

 

Joel B. Wolowelsky...... Evolving Halakhah: A Progressive Approach

................................... to Traditional Jewish Law,

................................... by Moshe Zemer............................................ 309

 

Noam Zohar................ Jewish Legal Writings by Women, edited

................................... by Micah D. Halpern & Chana Safrai............. 315

 

Biblical Law

Stephen J. Andrews..... Property and the Family in Biblical Law,

................................... by Raymond Westbrook................................. 319

 

 

Melissa Aubin.............. Women’s Rights in Old Testament Times,

................................... by James R. Baker......................................... 321

 

Carol Bakhos............... A Search for the Origins of Judaism: From

................................... Joshua to the Mishnah, by Etienne Nodet...... 325

 

Rhonda Burnette-......... Law and Liminality in the Bible

Bletsch........................ by Nanette Stahl............................................ 329

 

Rhonda Burnette-

Bletsch........................ God’s People in God’s Land: Family, Land,

................................... and Property in the Old Testament

................................... by Christopher J.H. Wright............................. 331

 

J.P. Burnside............... Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical Law,

................................... by Bernard S. Jackson.................................... 335

 

Stephen B. Chapman.... The Transformation of Torah from Scribal

................................... Advice to Law, by Anne Fitzpatrick-

................................... McKinley...................................................... 339

 

James H. Charlesworth Paul and the Mosaic Law,

................................... edited by James D.G. Dunn............................ 345

 

Mark W. Chavalas....... Theory and Method in Biblical and Cuneiform

................................... Law: Revision, Interpretation, and

................................... Development,

................................... edited by Bernard M. Levinson....................... 349

 

Mark W. Chavalas....... The Laws of the Hittites: A Critical Edition,

................................... by Harry Angier Hoffner, Jr........................... 353

 

Frank S. Frick.............. The Torah: Theology and Social History of

................................... Old Testament Law, by Frank Crhsemann...... 357

 

Alexandra S. Grund...... The Law and the Prophets.  A Study in Old

................................... Testament Canon Formation, by

................................... Stephen B. Chapman...................................... 361

 

 

 

 

Rivkah Harris............... Gender and Law in the Hebrew Bible and

................................... the Ancient Near East, edited by Victor H. Matthews, Bernard M. Levinson &

................................... Tikva Frymer-Kensky.................................... 369

 

Richard S. Hess........... Review Essay: A Reassessment of the Priestly Cultic and Legal Texts.

................................... Leviticus 1-16: A New Translation and Commentary;

................................... Leviticus 17-22: A New Translation and Commentary; and

................................... Leviticus 23-27: A New Translation and Commentary, by Jacob Milgrom 375

Elizabeth C.

LaRocca-Pitts.............. The View of Women Found in the

................................... Deuteronomic Family Laws,

................................... by Carolyn Pressler ....................................... 393

 

Carol Meyers............... The Origins of Biblical Law: The Decalogues

................................... and the Book of the Covenant,

................................... by Calum M. Carmichael ............................... 397

 

Fredrick E. Nix............ Jesus and the Law, by Alan Watson............... 401

 

Dale Patrick................. The Alien in Israelite Law,

................................... by Christiana van Houten................................ 413

 

Chris A. Rollston.......... Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament:

................................... The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early

................................... Judaism, by Joseph Blenkinsopp..................... 419

 

Marilyn Salmon............ Jesus and the Jews: The Pharisaic Tradition

................................... in John, by Alan Watson................................ 423

 

Brett G. Scharffs.......... Review Essay: The Impertinent Student and

................................... Stealth Prosecutor.

................................... The Genesis of Justice: Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice that Led to the Ten Commandments

................................... and Modern Law, by Alan M. Dershowitz...... 427

 

 

 

Earl Schwartz.............. The Nine Commandments: Uncovering the

................................... Hidden Pattern of Crime and Punishment

................................... in the Hebrew Bible, by David Noel

................................... Freedman, Jeffrey C. Geoghegan &

................................... Michael M. Homan........................................ 435

 

John Van Seters........... Das Deuteronomium: Politische Theologie

................................... und Rechtsreform in Juda und Assyrien,

................................... by Eckart Otto............................................... 439

 

Bibliography................. Books in Jewish Laws and Ethics................. 445

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................................... Books in Biblical Law and Religion.............. 453