Review: Covenantal Responsibility in a Modern Context: Recent Work in Jewish Ethics [Book Review]

Journal of Religious Ethics 25 (1):183-210 (1997)
This essay presents and analyzes the recent work of four prominent contemporary Jewish ethicists: Eugene Borowitz, David Novak, Byron Sherwin, and Walter Wurzburger. These authors are united in their affirmation of covenant as the central category of Jewish moral obligation and their concern to construct a Jewish ethic out of the classical sources of Judaism. Yet, as an individual analysis of their books will show, they adopt markedly different views of the authority of traditional Jewish law, the respective roles of individual and community in moral deliberation, and the degree to which changing historical circumstances alter moral truths.
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