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Image of the Non-Jew in JudaismA Historical and Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws$
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David Novak

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764074

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764074.001.0001

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(p.231) Afterword
Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism

Matthew Lagrone

Liverpool University Press

This afterword addresses some of the larger concerns of this book. In particular, it considers the philosophical underpinnings of natural law and their relationship to Noahide law, as well as the use of natural law thinking in Jewish history, especially since emancipation. Noahide law is related to natural law as a particular manifestation of the universal idea of a rational moral law that all are bound to without the specific obligations of a revealed law. Meanwhile, natural law/Noahide law provided a language of inter-human discourse for Jews to engage the gentile world in dialogue. The chapter then reflects on the analysis of Marvin Fox's and Devora Steinmetz's attitudes towards natural law.

Keywords:   natural law, Noahide law, natural law thinking, Jewish history, emancipation, universal moral law, Jews, Marvin Fox, Devora Steinmetz

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