Can the Old Testament provide relevant principles for modern concepts of social justice? Today, citing our human rights is used as justification for anything and everything; excessive use has corrupted a defining ideal of humankind. Williamson explores the meaning of Old Testament justice to discover its significance for us today. Concentrating on social justice, he unearths the value and relevance of the phrase "justice and righteousness." Tracing this phrase and its context within and without the pages of Scripture, Williamson elaborates an argument that passes from Abraham to Amos. He expounds a biblical ideal that he argues is not rooted in the legalistic Law of Moses, or necessarily an idealized history, but is a concept that is fluid, constructed in an organic appreciation for natural law.
Williamson has written an engaging and highly articulate book that exposes the relevance of the Old Testament as a corrective for corrupted human rights; a mode of living that developed in accordance with the existence of the ancient Israelite. The ideal maintained a form, as derived from natural law, that was applicable to all creeds and ranks, and therefore is potentially relevant for us today.
H. G. M. Williamson
H. G. M. Williamson is Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University, on the faculty of The Oriental Institute and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the Old Testament, including commentaries on 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as The Book Called Isaiah and Studies in Persian Period History and Historiography.