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The tradition suggests a sociological explanation for this desertion: born of "the people of the land", an illiterate, a shepherd until the age of forty, he studied the 53 The Law A History of the Jews Ancient and Modern Torah in order to be worthy of his employer's daughter, before going on to become the equal of the greatest scholars of his time. " After this episode, the hereditary presidency returned to the House of Hillel, symbolizing the continuity between the opposition of the Pharisees to the administration of the Temple and the new rabbinate.
Ishmaelites, like millions of men, continued to live in idolatry and In Genesis, Ishmael, whom the Israelite tradition identified as the I ignorance of the true Law. God had then chosen Mohammed, an "ancestor of the Arabs", and of whom pre-Islamic Arabia seems to have Ishmaelite descendant of Abraham, a cousin of the Jews, to proclaim the been entirely ignorant, was the eldest son of Abraham by his wife's r City of God to all the Infidels. Egyptian maidservant. However, the whole story of Hagar and Ishmael in • That is, to the pagans; not to the Jews or the Christians.
M . Elwes in The Chief Works of Benedict de Spinoza, 2 vols. (London, George Bech, 1882) vol. 1, p. 8. 2. "Free" translation in both cases. 3. " B y the rivers of Babylon there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us mirth, saying, sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
A history of the Jews: Ancient and Modern by Ilan Halévi