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Rabin explores Jewish foundation for American laws

By From page A5 | April 11, 2012

Ed Rabin. Courtesy photo

Ed Rabin. Courtesy photo

How does the Jewish Bible influence American political ideals? Ed Rabin, emeritus professor of law at UC Davis, will explore this topic in a talk at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the KOH Library and Cultural Center, 2300 Sierra Blvd. in Sacramento.

Rabin will outline how the Old Testament provided the basis for such American political concepts as equal justice under law and the duty to protect the weak from oppression by the strong. The Bible can support both conservative and liberal positions, he will show.

According to Rabin, both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Hebrews developed ideas that are now incorporated into American political forms and practices.

“From the Greeks we derive our basic form of government: democracy. From the Jews we derive such concepts as the dignity and equality of every person,” he said.

“By today’s standards, the democracy of the ancient Greeks was deeply flawed and is not to be emulated. In contrast, the political ideals of the Old Testament remain as fresh and inspiring as when they were first written.”

The KOH Library is adjacent to Mosaic Law Congregation in Sacramento. For more information, contact Al Sokolow at (530) 758-3246 or [email protected].

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