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When the Old Testament speaks of "neighbour" it speaks of Jews, as opposed to Gentiles. So, when Leviticus 19:18 says to love your neighbour, it means other Jews, but not outsiders: Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. Of course, the gospels ...


The most obvious difference is that "Love one another" is a directive to those in the group, to respect those in the group, while "Love your neighbor" is not a directive to love a larger number of people, not exclusively those in the group. One could be interpreted as internal, the other external.


It appears that the overwhelming Christian response to textual criticism is to draw back into the shell and become defensive, even critical of the critics, many of whom are, after all, Christians themselves. A defensive response can be self-defeating because it palpably fails every time the higher critic makes a credible statement about the Bible, until only ...

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