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15 CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION In the first of the blessings which Balaam pro-nounces upon the children of Israel, he exclaims: “ Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone,  and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” 1  Philo, ex-pounding the passage, adds: “ Israel shall be apart not so much by reason of the separation of their homes or the cutting- off of their land, but by rea-son of the peculiarity of their customs; for they shall not mix with other peoples, so that they  may not deviate from their distinctive way of life.” 2  The idea of the separation and selection of Israel is the constant theme of the prophets, as it was the dom-inant motive of the Mosaic legislation. The Law not only contained a rigid prohibition against the paganism of the surrounding peoples and against intermarriage with idolaters, but enacted a way of life affecting the dally conduct of the individual, which had as its object the isolation of the nation in order to fit it for the moral mission. It has been said epigrammatically by a modern French writer that Judaism is not a religion ( a force which binds   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageContentsPREFACEINTRODUCTIONTHE HELLENISTIC CULTUREHELLENISM IN PALESTINE TILL THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLEHELLENISM IN THE DIASPORATHE HELLENISTIC-JEWISH LITERATURETHE RABBIS AND HELLENISMTHE AFTERMATHCONCLUSIONNOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX
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