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The Theory and Practice of Universal Ethics: The Noahide Laws

Shimon Dovid Cowen

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(The Institute for Judaism and Civilization Inc, Melbourne/NY, 2015)
Hardcover: 388 pages
ISBN: 9780826608437
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Book description

The United States Congress President in 1991 endorsed a set of seven universal ethical principles, known as the Noahide Laws, as the “bedrock of society since the dawn of civilisation” and as values “upon which our great nation was founded.” Associated with the name of Noah, with whom this moral code was completed, practised by Abraham and reiterated at Sinai, these principles constitute the root ethical code of humanity.

At a time of great moral and social drift, when both individuals and legislators seek an objective and universal moral compass, these timeless laws have a special relevance and a unifying resonance over different cultures, societies and traditions.

The first part of this book sets out the idea or theory of the Noahide laws – from spiritual, philosophical, psychological, social and political perspectives.

The second part of the book presents the concrete conduct or practice of the Noahide laws. This precise task proceeds from extensive research into the tradition of commentary on the Revelation at Sinai, of which the Noahide laws (already previously the moral covenant of humanity, but which were authoritively restated at Sinai) form a part. The way the Noahide Laws in their detail structure the ethical conduct of the major domains of human existence is set out clearly for the general reader. The book includes extensive footnotes and references for those seeking further study.

About the author

Rabbi Shimon Dovid Cowen is the son of a former governor-general of Australia, the late Sir Zelman Cowen, and is director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization, Inc.

Available from www.kehotonline.com, Book Despository and Amazon.


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