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The making of Jewish universalism : from exile to Alexandria

Malka Z. Simkovich (Author)
"The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria explores two kinds of universalist thought that circulated among Jewish in the Greco-Roman world. The first, which is founded on the idea that all people may worship the One True God in an engaged and sustained manner, originates in biblical prophetic literature. The second, which underscores a common ethic that all people share, arose in the second century BCE. This study offers one definition of Jewish universalism that applies to both of these types of universalist thought: universalist literature presumes that all people, regardless of religion and ethnicity, have access to a relationship with the Israelite God and the benefits promised to those loyal fo this God, without demanding that they participate in the Israelite community as a Jew." -- back cover
Print Book, English, 2017
Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland, 2017
xxx, 185 pages ; 24 cm
9781498542425, 1498542425
Introduction: The Problem of Jewish UniversalismPart I: Biblical Prophetic Literature: Four Eschatological Relationships Between Israelites and Non-IsraelitesChapter One: Three Models of Particularist Relationships in Prophetic LiteratureChapter Two: Nation Alongside Nation in the Universal Worship of God Part II: Relationships Between Israelites and Gentiles Built on Biblical Models in the Greco-Roman Period, 334 bce–118 ceChapter Three: Particularist Relationships in the Late Second Temple PeriodChapter Four: The Universalized Worship Model in the Second Temple PeriodPart III: A Life in Common: The Rise of Ethical Universalist Literature in the First Century bceChapter Five: Philo’s “Radical Allegorizers”Chapter Six: Ethical Universalism in the Late Second Temple PeriodPart IV: Summary and Implications of the ArgumentBibliography