chapter  6
THE AKEDAH
Genesis 22 and DCT/SMU
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Avi Sagi has recently claimed that ‘the ways in which Jewish tradition dealt with conflicts [between religious and moral obligations] are a clear proof for [its support of] moral autonomy’,1 i.e. SMU. In this chapter, I shall argue that this is not the case regarding the Akedah, and in Chapter 7, I shall urge that Sagi is similarly mistaken regarding the Amalek commandment. The central argument of Chapters 6 and 7 taken together, then, is that in at least these two central instances of conflict between divine instructions and morality, Sagi’s claim is unjustified, and thus provides no compelling reason to revise the conclusions reached at the end of Chapter 5 concerning the position of Jewish tradition on DCT/SMU.