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Imagining the Hebrew Republic

Imagining the Hebrew Republic

Christian Genealogies of Religious Freedom

(p.17) Chapter One Imagining the Hebrew Republic
Politics of Religious Freedom
Robert Yelle
University of Chicago Press

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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