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John Locke's Political Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible

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2018.09.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yechiel J. M. Leiter, John Locke's Political Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible, Cambridge University Press, 420pp., $135.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781108428187.  Reviewed by Victor Nuovo, Harris Manchester College, Oxford/Middlebury College The thesis of this book is that John Locke was a political Hebraist. Political Hebraism is a school of historical interpretation of recent origin whose purpose is to establish "a new theoretical course for understanding classical political ideas". It proposes nothing new in method, which is to recover the original meaning of these ideas by a historical-critical interpretation of the mostly modern texts in which they were first presented. What is new is the claim that the Hebrew Bible was regarded by the authors of these texts, who were major 17th-century European political thinkers, as a primary source of their ideas, which is to say, they were Political Hebraists. This book is a. . .

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