Justice in the Prophetic Tradition

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In my recent study Divining History: On Prophetism, Messianism and the Development of the Idea of the Spirit (Berghahn, 2016), I explored the notion of justice in the biblical-prophetic tradition. This paper is partly an extraction of the first and the last chapter of the book, but also goes further, as I try to delve deeper into the particular nature of this specific idea of justice. The paper consists of three parts. First, I turn to the Hebrew Bible and describe briefly the context in which the prophetic idea of justice first evolves. Second, I try to capture some of the defining characteristics of this idea. Third and finally, I try to indicate the relevance of this prophetic tradition for our contemporary politico-philosophical debates on justice by relating to the discourse on law and justice initiated by Jacques Derrida in the nineties and followed up by Giorgio Agamben in the last decades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-149
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Religious Studies


  • justice
  • Hebrew Bible
  • prophetism
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Giorgio Agamben


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