The Golden Rule - “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” - is normally attributed to Jesus of Nazareth and is considered to be one of the greatest contributions of Christianity to the world.
However, the saying did not arise within a vacuum, as if some white, long-haired, blue-eyed englishman in funny looking clothes made it up. It was developed from and heavily depended on, previous Biblical and Rabbinical sources. This is not to take away anything from Jesus’ contribution but to better understand the role in which he played within normative, first-century Judaism.
The Torah first depicts an early form of the Golden Rule in the following two verses.
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18
The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you s
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