By Paul Johnson
A countrywide bestseller, this terrific 4000 12 months survey covers not just Jewish background yet he influence of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the international. via the writer of contemporary instances: the realm From the Twenties to the Eighties.
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88 This indivisibility had important practical consequences. In Mosaic legal theory, all breaches of the law offend God. All crimes are sins, just as all sins are crimes. Offences are absolute wrongs, beyond the power of man unaided to pardon or expunge. Making restitution to the offended mortal is not enough; God requires expiation too, and this may involve drastic punishment. Most law-codes of the ancient Near East are property-orientated, people themselves being forms of property whose value can be assessed.
Artapanos credited him with organizing the Egyptian system of government and inventing all kinds of warlike and industrial machinery. 76 Not surprisingly, Jewish writers of antiquity endorsed this tradition of Moses as a leading architect of ancient culture. 79 The ancient writers were not merely convinced of Moses’ existence: they saw him as one of the formative figures of world history. But there was also a tendency among pagan writers, from the second half of the first millennium BC, to see Moses as a baleful figure, the creator of a form of religion which was strange, narrow, exclusive and anti-social.
The Israelite tradition, already strongly entrenched, of equality, communal discussion, acrimonious debate and argument, made them hostile to the idea of a centralized state, with heavy taxes to pay for a standing army of professionals. They preferred tribal levies serving without pay. The Book of Judges, covering the first two centuries of the settlement, gives the impression that the Israelites had more leadership than in fact they were prepared to tolerate. The ‘judges’ were not national rulers, holding power in succession.