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Charity Begins At Home? Ransoming Captives In Jewish, Christian And Muslim Tradition
Charity Begins At Home? Ransoming Captives In Jewish, Christian And Muslim Tradition

Author(s): Yvonne Friedman
Subject(s): Jewish studies
Published by: The Goldstein Goren Center for Hebrew Studies

Summary/Abstract: "Surprisingly, the act of ransoming captives, defined in Judaism as “a great precept” (mitsvah rabba),1 and for which Jewish tradition influenced both Christianity and Islam, has no scriptural basis. In all three religions, the attitude toward captives from one’s own camp was largely determined by social conventions and concepts of religious charity (Tsedaka, Caritas, and Sadaqa). All three traditions viewed the ransom of captives as a meritorious deed of charity rather than as the moral obligation of the leaders who sent the soldiers to war."[...]

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 55-67
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English