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What Are Jews For?: History, Peoplehood, and Purpose

Adam Sutcliffe


What is the purpose of Jews in the world? The Bible singles out the Jews as God's “chosen people,” but the significance of this special status has been understood in many different ways over the centuries. This book traces the history of the idea of Jewish purpose from its ancient and medieval foundations to the modern era, showing how it has been central to Western thinking on the meanings of peoplehood for everybody. The book delves into the links between Jewish and Christian messianism and the association of Jews with universalist and transformative ideals in modern philosophy, politics, li ... More

Keywords: Western thinking, Jewish people, Jews, chosen people, Jewish purpose, humanity, exceptionalism, pluralism, universalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691188805
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691188805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Sutcliffe, author
King's College London