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Wrestling with an AngelPower, Morality, and Jewish Identity$
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Ehud Luz

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092936

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092936.001.0001

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Power, Freedom, and Political Independence in Jewish Thought

Power, Freedom, and Political Independence in Jewish Thought

(p.19) 1 Power, Freedom, and Political Independence in Jewish Thought
Wrestling with an Angel

Ehud Luz

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the concept of freedom, power, and political independence in Jewish thought. It explains that the primary meaning of liberty for late-first-century Jews was a political one and discusses the Jewish ambivalence towards the use of force. It also considers the claim that the Jews did not engage in warfare and were willing to accept exile and subjugation because they had no alternative. This chapter also cites the view of some writers that the traditional Jewish ethos is an obstacle to be overcome if a life of dignity and freedom, both personal and collective, is to be achieved.

Keywords:   freedom, power, political independence, Jewish thought, liberty, exile, force, Jewish ethos, dignity

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