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Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself

Lenn E. Goodman


In this expanded text of his 2005 Gifford Lectures, the well‐known philosopher Lenn Goodman details how the Torah and the rabbinic Sages flesh out the demands of the Bible's core ethical imperative: Love thy neighbor as thyself. The philosophy of monotheism and the ethics of charity, justice, and love, Goodman argues, go hand in hand, informing, enlarging, and enlightening one another: The idea of God's goodness infuses every practical and intellectual facet of the Judaic moral ideal. Our ethical commitments are deepened, broadened, and intensified by our understanding of God's love; our knowl ... More

Keywords: Gifford Lectures, Jewish philosophy, Mitzvot, divine command, rabbinic thought, covenant, love of neighbor, biblical ethics, God's love, Charity and Justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195328820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lenn E. Goodman, author
Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanties, Vanderbilt University
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