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Defending Israel in Antiquity: Outstanding Loans & Slave Reparations

The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 8

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Defending Israel in Antiquity: Outstanding Loans & Slave Reparations: The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 8

On the heels of a dramatic legal showdown between a sagacious hunchback and descendants of an original Canaanite tribe; the same rabbi, now goes up against the legal representatives of the Egyptian nation. In the powerful courtroom of Alexander the Great, the biblical narrative is presented as proof that the nation of Israel was required to make exorbitant payments towards their neighbors. In a stunning turnaround, the Sage brilliantly uses the very same narrative to fend off their demands and instead sue for slave reparations, causing the Egyptians to abandon their claims and flee.
Tractate Sanhedrin, Israel, Talmud

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