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Judaic Social Teaching in Christian and Pagan Context

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The social teaching of Rabbinic Judaism takes up the narrative of the Torah and recasts it into an account of the norms of Israel's social order. Its recapitulation of the Torah's story regulates relationships between Israelites and corporate Israel, among Israelites in their units of propagation and production, and between corporate Israel and the ever-present, always-sentient God. The details coalesce to yield a clear picture of an entire social order, its relationships and its points of stability and order. To treat any detail apart from its larger context is to miss its point. That point is, Rabbinic Judaism undertakes to realize in the everyday and here and now of the Jews' communal existence the imperatives set forth in the Torah for the formation of God's abode on earth.


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