MembersExcuse Me, But in Israel the Bible Still Makes Sense

Outsiders don’t get it, but here Scripture still shapes public opinion, government policy and societal trends

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Bible
The Bible in Israel.
Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

Politics and Bible fascinate me. Both characterize life in the Land. Biblical ideas are part of Israeli society and often dominate in conversations, as they also do in the media. The biblical narrative is the foundation for understanding our history, as well as modern political dynamics and social phenomena. Today, for the first time in the history of the State of Israel, a sitting Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is on trial.

How does the Bible view legal proceedings?

  • What can we learn from the court hearing against the winegrower Naboth, whose vineyard King Ahab coveted?
  • What does the distribution of the manna bread in the desert teach us about economic measures and regulations?
  • Does Samson’s intervention with the Philistines uncover a history of evil intent in contract law?
  • Or how did the famous verdict of King Solomon influence the Hebrew justice system in Israel?

Lawsuits in the Bible bring to light legal questions and dilemmas regarding values that arise naturally from the biblical text itself...

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