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Oct 06, 2015 | ISBN 9780805242935

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“At once frank and wry, Dershowitz demonstrates how the Jewish value of the rule of law, and the actions of Jewish lawyers themselves, have contributed to the pursuit of justice. Clear and accessible, with endnotes to please scholars, this book will likely appeal to both Jews and non-Jews.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is the biblical Abraham as you have never seen him before: as the father of a long line of Jewish lawyers. Here is a story told with wit, verve, and penetrating insight by one of the great Jewish lawyers of our time—the fearless, peerless Alan Dershowitz. A brilliant, entertaining, and wonderfully stimulating book.” 
—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, author of Not in God’s Name 
“We live in a period of dangerously escalating tensions among religious communities, with old hatreds and stereotypes making ominous comebacks. In this corrosive atmosphere, as Jews, Christians, and Muslims try to sort out the intricate relationships among their traditions so that a mutually respectful atmosphere can be created, no single figure is more significant than Abraham. The ancient patriarch is respected as the ‘Father of Faith’ by all three communities, but how well is he understood? Alan Dershowitz deftly reveals him in a fresh light, as the Jewish lawyer par excellence,  enabling us to appreciate the man from Ur of the Chaldees in a new and lively way.”  
—Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University, and author of How to Read the Bible

“The wit of the book’s subtitle continues in this sparkling history of the world’s first Jew and the world’s first lawyer. You don’t have to be Jewish, or a lawyer, or even a believer in the existence of Abraham and his main legal adversary to be entertained and informed by this delightful book.” 
—Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and The Better Angels of our Nature, and Rebecca Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza and Plato at the Googleplex

Table Of Contents

Introduction: The Jewish Lawyer
The Biblical Narrative: The Lawyer Abraham

1. God Meets Abram—and So Do We
2. God Tests Abraham and Abraham Passes—at Least the First Test
3. Abraham Refuses to Argue with God and with His Wife over the Lives of His Children—Failing God’s Next Test
4. Abraham Negotiates to Buy a Burial Cave for Sarah
In the Footsteps of Abraham: Jews on Trial, as Defendants and Defenders

5. The Trial of Jesus, the Conviction of the Jews, and the Blood Libel
6. Alfred Dreyfus, Leo Frank, Rudolf Slansky, Anatoly Sharansky, and the Nation-State of the Jewish People on Trial
7. The Jewish Lawyer as Abrahamic Idol Smasher, Advocate, Collaborator, Rescuer, and Deal Maker
Epilogue: The Future of Abraham’s Descendants

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