Samuel Hayim Brody
Martin Buber's Theopolitics
Indiana University Press 2018
New Books in German StudiesNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Intellectual HistoryNew Books in Jewish StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in ReligionNew Books in Religion & FaithNew Books Network February 18, 2019 David Gottlieb
Martin Buber is known as one of the 20th century’s greatest Jewish scholars and thinkers, but he is less well known for his political theory and activism. In Martin Buber’s Theopolitics (Indiana University Press, 2018), Samuel Hayim Brody demonstrates how Buber sees the bible as providing a blueprint for a state in which leadership ultimately belongs to God, and association through the (significantly reduced) mechanisms of state is voluntary. Brody’s book provides a significant new perspective on Buber’s Life and work.
David Gottlieb received his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2018. He is the author of the forthcoming Second Slayings: The Binding of Isaac and the Formation of Jewish Memory (Gorgias Press, 2019).