[Milton-L] Resend of question re Judaism

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Wed Jul 26 11:04:56 EDT 2006


May want to consider these passages in the light of the distinction
between one's enemy being one's fellow Israelite vs. one's enemy being
a member of one of the surrounding nations.  "Love your neighbor as
you love yourself" in Lev. 19:18 takes it clearly for granted that
one's neighbor is a member of the nation of Israel.  Christ's
repetition of this command in the sermon on the mount in Matthew
5:43--"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate
your enemy'-- probably refers to contemporary rabbinic teaching when
it refers to his audience being taught to hate its enemies, which was
in turn probably a reaction to a series of occupations by the
Ptolemies (who were relatively benign--for an occupying force), the
Seleucids (who were cruel), and the Romans (who were judiciously
cruel).

Jim R


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