Conclusion

The previous chapters have demonstrated a multitude of meaningful ethical ideas and pragmatic innovations that represent a rebellion against ancient Near Eastern thought. To mention only some of them: A comparison of Mesopotamian and biblical creation stories concluded that humans were conceived to...

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Published in: Justice for All p. 179
Main Author: JEREMIAH UNTERMAN
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: The Jewish Publication Society 03-01-2017
Subjects:
Law
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Summary: The previous chapters have demonstrated a multitude of meaningful ethical ideas and pragmatic innovations that represent a rebellion against ancient Near Eastern thought. To mention only some of them: A comparison of Mesopotamian and biblical creation stories concluded that humans were conceived to emulate God as good rulers of the earth, not slaves to the gods’ physical needs and self-centered desires. Further, men and women were created equally in the “image of God” which in turn meant that human life was sacred. God’s rest on the Sabbath was transformed into the first universal labor law. Indeed, that all members of
ISBN: 0827612702
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