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Monotheism and Exceptionalism

Randi Rashkover

in Freedom and Law

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234523
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234523.003.0003
Monotheism and Exceptionalism

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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

Chapter.  14329 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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