chapter  1
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The earliest, defining contacts of Jew and non-Jew are lost in the mists of the past. What we know with reasonable certainty, according to modern historical standards, about those contacts is finally very little. We do of course have an elaborate and vivid biblical record. However we evaluate the historical reliability of the texts of the Bible, they have had an undeniably profound influence on the way that Jew and nonJew have perceived and defined one another throughout history.