Election - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Judaism

Belief in God's having chosen Israel to be his ʿam segullah ("chosen people") has remained a central element of Jewish thought. Rooted in the biblical concept of covenant, it is developed further in the Talmud, in medieval philosophical and mystical writings, and in modern literary and theological texts. Although the concept of election is most closely associated with the Hebrew verb baḥar ("chose"), reference to election is often implied in other words. Indeed, belief in the election of Israel predates the introduction of the technical term baḥar in Deuteronomy (7:6, 14:2), a biblical text not written until the seventh century BCE. Underlying God's promises to Abraham and his descendants in Genesis 12, and those to Moses and the people of Israel in Exodus 19 as well, is the conviction that Yahveh has freely chosen a particular group of people to be "his people," thus...

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