Judaism and Religious Freedom: A Sourcebook of Scriptural, Theological, and Legal Texts
January 14, 2015
Published by the Religious Freedom Project in partnership with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, this sourcebook lists both historical and contemporary primary documents that explain Jewish understanding of religious freedom. These documents span from the biblical to the modern period, and they include scriptural texts; theological and philosophical texts; official religious texts; and legal and political texts.
Matthew LaGrone, assistant program head for electives at the University of Guelph Humber, Toronto, provides introduction to and commentary on these texts. He points out how Jewish ideas regarding religious freedom have been affected by Judaism’s being a minority religion for much of history, using the Torah and Noahide laws to show that. While religious freedom is not necessarily natural to Judaism, a universal respect for the dignity of man allows for it.