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Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism: A Historical and Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws

David Novak


Throughout history the image of the non-Jew in Judaism has profoundly influenced the way in which Jews interact with non-Jews. It has also shaped the understanding that Jews have of their own identity, as it determines just what distinguishes them from the non-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 now classic study is to consider the history of t ... More

Keywords: non-Jews, Judaism, Jewish identity, Noahide law, halakhah, Jewish philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764074
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Novak, author