Judaism Truly Value The Culture Of Non Violence

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“The wolf shall lie with the lamb and the leopard with the kid.” Isaiah 11:6. One of the more commonly known verses from the Hebrew bible. There are many verses such as this that express the longing for a culture without violence that is attributed to the ethical values of Judaism. Upon further research including an ethnographic study it was clear that followers of Judaism truly value the culture of non-violence. It is these ethics and values within the Judaistic tradition for the development of non-violence that are invaluable for contemporary society as they help to create a safer civilisation.
Firstly, the Torah or Hebrew bible has many different examples and teachings on violence, non-violence, punishment and war (Freeman, 2015). Isaiah 2:4 states “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares’ And their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” The thirst for a world without violence is clearly portrayed in this passage and it appears to reflect one of the strongest values of Judaism. However in Joel 4:9-10 this idiom is reused in a far more barbaric manner (Heft, 2004). “Announce this to the nations: Proclaim a holy war! Alert the warriors! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning knives into spears; Let the weakling boast, “I am a warrior!”” Of these passages, which shows

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