The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke

Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation

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Matthew Goldstone
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism
  • Boston, MA: 
    , September
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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In The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke Matthew Goldstone explores the ways in which religious leaders within early Jewish and Christian communities conceived of the obligation to rebuke their fellows based upon the biblical verse: “Rebuke your fellow but do not incur sin” (Leviticus 19:17). Analyzing texts from the Bible through the Talmud and late Midrashim as well as early Christian monastic writings, he exposes a shift from asking how to rebuke in the Second Temple and early Christian period, to whether one can rebuke in early rabbinic texts, to whether one should rebuke in later rabbinic and monastic sources. Mapping these observations onto shifting sociological concerns, this work offers a new perspective on the nature of interpersonal responsibility in antiquity.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Matthew Goldstone is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University.



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