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Imagining the Hebrew Republic

Imagining the Hebrew Republic

Christian Genealogies of Religious Freedom

Chapter:
(p.17) Chapter One Imagining the Hebrew Republic
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Robert Yelle
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0003

This essay argues that a theological genealogy of religious freedom is needed. In Reformation theology, Judaism and Jewish ritual law became the negative image for the proposition that the state can never be the site for salvation. This negative image structures today’s understanding that true religion is that which can never be in partnership with the state. Yelle emphasizes the urgent task of reading Christian theology in order to understand how unfree we are.

Keywords:   Judaism, Early Modern Europe, political theology, Antisemitism, Jewish law, Reformation theology

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