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Intentionality in Judaism
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In the classical sources of Judaism, people match God in possessing freedom of will. The sole player in the cosmic drama with the power to upset God's plans is the human, who alone is like God, “in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Humanity bears a single trait that most accords with the likeness of God, the possession of will and the power of free exercise thereof. In justice and good will, God makes the rules; humanity willfully breaks them. The theology of the Oral Torah thus identi…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Intentionality in Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0005>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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