Jews as the chosen people
Interpretations[change | change source]
- See also: Who is a Jew?
From the Bible[change | change source]
This idea is first found in the Torah (the first five books of the Tanakh, which are also included in the Christian Bible). Much is written about these topics in rabbinic literature. The three largest Jewish denominations —Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism believe that the Jews have been chosen by God for a purpose.
Modern views[change | change source]
The idea of chosenness has traditionally been interpreted by Jews in two ways: one way is that God chose the Israelites, while the other is that the Israelites chose God. Another opinion is that even though the Jews chose to follow God, the Kabbalah and Tanya teach that even prior to creation, the "Jewish soul" was already chosen.
From other religions[change | change source]
O children of Israel, remember my favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I favored you above all creation. (Qur'an 2:47). 2:122).
Many Christians also believe that the Jews were God's chosen people ( ), but because of Jewish rejection of Jesus, the Christians in turn received that special status ( ). This doctrine is known as Supersessionism.
References[change | change source]
- Liberation and reconciliation: a Black theology p. 24
- The Collegeville Bible Commentary: Based on the New American Bible, Robert J. Karris, Liturgical Press, 1992, p. 1042
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Contemporary Rivalry over the Chosen People: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives - Avi Beker at the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs
- Chosen people at the Jewish Encyclopedia
- The Jewish concept of chosenness
- The Chosen People FAQs
- How does Jewish Pride differ from Nazi Supremacy?, Rabbi Tzvi Freeman