Accion y Ideologia by Ignacio Martín-Baró

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Sol. 7:2; 2 Bar. 5:1), ‘firstborn (son)’ (Jub. 2:20; Ps. Sol. 13:8; 18:4; 2 Esd. 6:58), ‘beloved people’ (2 Bar. 21:21; 3 Mac. 6:11), the ‘chosen (servant/nation)’ of God (Sir. 47:22; 2 Esd. 15:21, 53; 16:73, 74, Jub. 22:9, 12), ‘holy seed’ (Jub. 16:26; 22:27; 25:18), ‘plant of righteousness’ (Jub. 16:26; 36:6), and ‘blameless race’ (Wis. 10:15). In the book of Jubilees, it is also called ‘a peculiar people above all peoples’ (Jub. 2:22). Despite an apparent insistence in the book of Jubilees as well as in 2 Esdras (4 Ezra) on righteousness, that is obeying the law as an eternal truth (Jub.

15:24; 3 Mac. 2:6; Jub. 22:12; 33:20; Ps. Sol. 17:28; Wis. 10:15; 17:2), ‘priestly and royal nation’ (Jub. 33:20), ‘God’s portion/possession’ (Sir. 17:17; 24:12; 3 Mac. 6:3; Jub. 16:18; 33:20), ‘God’s inheritance (for all the ages)’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 Ancient Jewish literature 23 (Jub. 16:18; 22:9, 10; 33:20; 2 Esd. 8:16, 45; Ps. Sol. 7:2; 2 Bar.

56–8, 275–6). Perhaps, when he wrote, ‘to see the best, that is the truly existing [God], is the lot of the best of races, Israel’, he was indicating the privileged position of the Jews due to their ancestors. Indeed, he clearly declares that the cause behind God’s choosing the people of Israel out of all nations is ‘the precious signs of righteousness and virtue shown by the founders of the race’ (Spec. Leg. iv, 180–1). He also maintains that even if the descendants are sinners, as long as these are curable sins, the virtues of the Patriarchs will bear their imperishable fruits for subsequent generations.

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