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Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships [Kindle Edition]

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin , Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis , Phyllis Tickle
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Book Description

Who are the ancient role models for the sacred relationship
between Jews and non-Jews today?
Now more than ever, gentiles are an integral part of the Jewish community. But they are not new to the Jewish story. In fact, righteous gentiles go back to Abraham. The story of the Jewish people can’t be told without them.
Noted author and educator Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin provides an informative and inspiring look at the sympathetic non-Israelite characters of the Hebrew Bible and the redemptive relationships they had with the Jewish people. Relying on biblical and extra-biblical sources, he introduces each character, drawing lessons from the life of each that will be relevant to you, whatever your faith tradition. They include the …
• First gentile to bless a Jew
• First woman to hear the Divine voice and save a Jewish baby
• First teacher of morality to the Jews
• First gentile mother of Jewish children
• Gentile midwives who invented civil disobedience
• Mother of Moses and nurturer of the Jewish people
• Father-in-law and teacher of Moses
• First “gentile Zionist”
• Gentile warrior who fought for the Israelites
• Gentile contractor for Solomon’s Temple
• Gentiles who acknowledged God and repented
• Creator of the Second Jewish Commonwealth

Editorial Reviews


“A treasure trove…. Teaches us to open our eyes to people of all faiths among us who embody the highest ethical ideals, enhance our lives and ensure the ultimate redemption of all of humankind. A must read and gift for everyone who is interested in reading the Bible.” —Norman J. Cohen, rabbi, provost of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and professor of midrash; author, The Way Into Torah “Sparkles with fresh insights and new perspectives. Jews and Christians alike will be bemused and enlightened by Salkin’s new look at our ancient texts.” —Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, associate director emeritus, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “A mitzvah of great generosity. Will help gentiles like me find a place in the story of God’s people without taking what does not belong to us.” —Barbara Brown Taylor, author, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

From the Inside Flap

What is the sign of God's favor?
How do the Jews know that there is a loving God?
The presence of righteous gentiles in their midst.

"Through the redemptive relationships that Jews have had with the gentile world, something truly does happen. Sacred molecules travel back and forth between the precious metals of our lives. That is why it is important that gentiles, no less than Jews, engage these worthy biblical characters. Their stories testify to the power and possibility of redemptive relationships between all people of faith--and this lesson becomes more important with every passing year."
--from the Introduction

Employing wit and vision, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin reintroduces us to fifteen righteous gentiles. We walk among the kings and common people of the Hebrew Bible, and join hands with theologians, historians, journalists and other luminaries from present and ancient days, to learn important and timeless lessons in respect and love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1580233643
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing; 2008 Quality Pbk. Ed edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MMEG4I
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative November 16, 2008
This is the first book I have read by Rabbi Jeff Salkin. Simply stated, I enjoyed it and recommend it.

As each chapter is an unrelated story from the Bible, you can pick up this book and read it in any order you wish. The history of each story was interesting to me, but equally as important to me was the connection of non Jews to Jewish history and culture. I have often felt that part of anti-semitism stems from the exclusivity that Judaism can appear to have as opposed to the open arm proselytizing of Christianity. The stories in Salkin's book break down some of this exclusivity of Judaism and show connections with non Jews that I think is very important. If there is a pattern to be observed with these "Righteous Gentiles," it is their appreciation of the values found in Judaism and not just an acceptance of the singular God. I like seeing what appealed to many of these "Gentiles" about Judaism and I like seeing the Jewish culture open its arms to those who were not part of it by birth.

Salkin's writing style also makes for enjoyable reading.

Again, I highly recommend his book and look forward to reading more of his work.
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