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The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation
Goldstone, Matthew S.

Leiden: Brill, 2018 pp. xiii + 279. $132.00

Series Information
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, 185

Description: 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: ďRebuke your fellow but do not incur sinĒ (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.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Leviticus, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Early Church Origins, Dead Sea Scrolls, Reception History

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Review by G. Geoffrey Harper
Published 2/6/2020
Citation: G. Geoffrey Harper, review of Matthew S. Goldstone, The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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