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The Exclusivist Tradition

  • Alan Brill
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Abstract

Jewish exclusivism assumes that the sole domain of truth is the Torah, and Judaism is the sole revealed religion, which differs in meaning from traditional Christian use of the word exclusivism, in that it does not usually deny salvation to gentiles. Instead, Jewish exclusivists limit discussion to acknowledging the merit of individual righteous gentiles, but do not acknowledge the collective virtues in other religious groups.

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Late Antiquity Civil Religion Torah Study Collective Virtue Jewish Text 
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