“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.