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Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden$
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Jason P. Rosenblatt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286133.001.0001

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Natural Law and Noachide Precepts: Grotius, Selden, Milton, and Barbeyrac

Natural Law and Noachide Precepts: Grotius, Selden, Milton, and Barbeyrac

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(p.135) 6 Natural Law and Noachide Precepts: Grotius, Selden, Milton, and Barbeyrac
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Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden
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Jason P. Rosenblatt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286133.003.0007

This chapter examines Grotius’s important influence on Selden as well as their mutual influence on Milton. No history of early modern religious toleration is complete without reference to Grotius’s De Jure Belli ac Pacis and Selden’s De Jure Naturali et Gentium. The implicitly Judaeophilic context of most of their rabbinic references affected not only Milton, but even Grotius’s skeptical editor Jean Barbeyrac as well as the later theorist Samuel Pufendorf. In a tour de force, Selden invents an authentic midrash on Job 31, proving with the help of rabbinic sources, that Job was a righteous Gentile who kept the Noachide laws.

Keywords:   Grotius, Selden, Milton, Jean Barbeyrac, Samuel Pufendorf, natural law, Noachide law, Job 31

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