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- DescriptionThroughout history the image of the n-Jew in Judaism has profoundly influenced the way in which Jews interact with n-Jews. It has also shaped the understanding that Jews have of their own identity, as it determines just what distinguishes them from the n-Jews around them. A crucial element in this is the concept of Noahide law, understood by the ancient rabbis and subsequent Jewish thinkers as incumbent upon all humankind, unlike the full 613 divine commandments of the Torah, which are incumbent on Jews alone. The approach adopted in this w classic study is to consider the history of the idea of Noahide law, and to show how the concept is relevant to practical discussions of the halakhah pertaining to n-Jews and to relations between Jews and n-Jews. The seven chapters that make up the first part of the study examine each of the Noahide laws in turn, with a view to showing their halakhic development in the rabbinic sources, in the codes, and in the responsa literature. The discussion draws primarily on classical texts by traditional commentators as they attempt to deal with living issues from the rabbinic world as equally vital concerns in their own time. The second part deals with the theory of Noahide law, concluding with a consideration of why it is an appropriate starting point for Jewish philosophy today.
- Author BiographyDavid Novak is Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of several books, the most recent being The Jewish Social Contract: A Essay in Political Theology (2005), Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian (2005), and Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (2000). Matthew LaGrone is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware's Jewish Studies Program. His scholarship focuses equally on the Atlantic Jewish world and Jewish-Christian relations.
- Author(s)David Novak
- PublisherThe Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
- Date of Publication05/08/2011
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
- Weight544 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byMatthew LaGrone
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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