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Freedom and LawA Jewish-Christian Apologetics$
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Randi Rashkover

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234523

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234523.001.0001

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Monotheism and Exceptionalism

Monotheism and Exceptionalism

(p.43) Two: Monotheism and Exceptionalism
Freedom and Law

Randi Rashkover

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes up the challenge presented in recent scholarship by Regina Schwartz that deepens antipathy towards Jewish law by rooting the so-called exceptionalism of Jewish law in the more damaging context of Jewish monotheism. This chapter also examines the charge of exceptionalism launched against the work of Moses Maimonides' account of divine nature. Overall, the chapter deconstructs overly generalized claims concerning the analytic link between monotheism and intolerance.

Keywords:   monotheism, intolerance, divine freedom, divine nature, scarcity, abundance

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