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Differentiating The Ethical Visions Of Exodus, Matthew, And Romans

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Although the scared texts of Judaism and Christianity both share the Hebrew Bible, the envisioned political and social community or representative “city” of Christianity makes a distinct and distinguishing departure from that of Judaism. This paper will examine and differentiate the ethical visions of Exodus, Matthew, and Romans by digesting their respective laws under the belief that laws aim at the good life. Furthermore, because Christianity views itself as a continuation of the Hebrew bible, it is first necessary to elaborately examine and construct the representative city of Judaism as presented in the book of Exodus, and then, progress off of the Hebrew ethical vision to the ...view middle of the document...

Not even Moses can bridge the discrete gap between God and the temporal world, for he is nothing more than a servant of God.
The law further serves to unite the Israelites through the shared experience and hardship of adjusting and conforming oneself to the will of God. Together they share in the temptations and trials of following such a strict and rigid set of rules and regulations. It is clearly a difficult journey, but they must all for the sake of the covenant embark on the journey together. After the Israelites relapse into idol worshiping, Aaron reminds Moses of the Israelites’ strong susceptibly to sin or difficulty of following God’s will: “You [Moses] know how prone these people are to evil” (Exodus 32:22). Furthermore, the Israelites must all rely on faith. Faith in the covenant and the future prosperity of their descendants is what drives and motivates the Israelites through the difficult hardships of the wilderness. Thus, suffering is a test of religious faith that they all must partake together.
While aggregately the application of the law presents the Jewish ethical vision of unity and equality, the civil laws strongly present the Jewish ethics of justice and fair dealings between people. These intricate and extremely elaborate set of binding instructions seem to cover almost every possible disputable situation in life (of the time) with a clear, precise, and presumably fair consequence, from what action must occur if a donkey falls into a manmade pit, to the punishment of cursing one’s father or mother (Exodus 21:17,33). It is a clear, specific and enforced justice system, and Moses will go to any lengths to defend it, even at the cost of brothers, friends, and neighbors (Exodus 32:27). The poor are not to be denied justice, outsiders and slaves are not to be oppressed, and Israelites are held accountable for their actions (Exodus 22:16-31 & 23:6,9).
It is easy to overlook one evident but yet noteworthy value of the Jewish ethical vision: freedom. At first glance, the Hebrew virtue of freedom raises two paradoxical questions: why would the Israelites risk their lives to escape one form of servitude (slavery under the Egyptians) only to surrender themselves to another (the covenant under God), and if freedom is a virtue worth dying for, then why do the Israelites take on their own slaves? The simple, and somewhat unsatisfactory answer examines the specific type of freedom the Israelites gain under God’s covenant: religious freedom. It is precisely religious freedom that motivates the Israelites to escape from the Egyptians in the first place, “Let us [Hebrews] go and sacrifice to the Lord” (Exodus 5:17). While the Israelites are God’s servants, they are God’s willing servants, and under Hebrew law, willing servants have the right to reside with their master and become servants for life if they love their master (Exodus 21:5-6). Thus, slavery, as presented in the book of Exodus, is not an...

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