Understanding the Rabbinical approach to the Noahide laws is best served by walking through a discussion of those laws. I have chosen the discussion found in Aaron Lichtenstein’s book “The Seven Laws of Noah.” There Lichtenstein takes us through a dispute that gives us parameters for knowing which Israelite prohibitions against idolatry apply to non-Jews and which do not.
For those who read this book I’m sure they found the argument a little difficult to follow. I will attempt to simplify the discussion to make it more approachable. Lichtenstein’s book was aimed at academics so even though I’ll be aiming at making it more approachable for the non-academic this approach will require lots of explanations.
For those interested in the original discussion please see Lichtenstein’s “The Seven Laws of Noah” Idolatry chapter 7 beginning on page 59.
To aid with the length of the discussion I will break this article up into several parts.
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Read the entire article: Lichtenstein on Idolatry