chapter  3
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The Rabbinic Understanding of the Covenant

WithGordon M. Freeman

The rabbinic understanding of the covenant concept emphasized the reciprocity of the relationship between ruler and ruled. Although the tendency toward reciprocity can be traced to biblical, especially prophetic, sources, it reaches its fruition in rabbinic sources, which will be demonstrated below. That the covenant concept is largely a manifestation of reciprocity, that is, it must understood in terms of a full relationship rather than as a definable concept, is a direct outcome of the organic thought of the rabbis.