Biblical theology is at once profoundly universalistic and unabashedly particularistic… To jettison the language of chosenness, or election, is to jettison the Bible itself.
How do we — who were not born Jewish but have chosen to share our lives with Jews — think about the tribal concept of Jews as a chosen people? Some of us are Jews-by-choice still linked to their non-Jewish families of birth. Others participate in Jewish communal life but have not converted. Some of
What does it mean to have a covenantal relationship? In the book of Exodus (chapter 19) God says: “Now, then, if you will obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples. Indeed, all the earth is Mine, but you shall be to Me a kingdom of
I first encountered the idea that the Jews are a “chosen people” from a Hebrew school teacher who explained to me that this is a mistaken, even pernicious belief held by other Jews. I was raised in a classical Reconstructionist congregation, and while our liturgy altered only moderately the traditional language referring to God and