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Fraternal Ethics
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In the Old Testament, fraternal ethics refers to an ethos that gives, first every Judean, and later also foreigners, the solidarity owed to the closest natural members of one's family. Fraternal ethics originated in Deuteronomy in reaction to the dissolution of natural fraternal ethics in the 8th/7th century Assyrian crisis through the destruction of extended families and their solidarity-stabilizing cult of ancestors (III) as a consequence of Judean and Assyrian resettlements and deportations. Programmatically, every Judean became a “broth…

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Otto, Eckart, “Fraternal Ethics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08541>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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