Why Two Covenants?

From the Patriarchs and the Family to Sinai and the Nation. A video conversation with Leon R. Kass.

Part 2 of our 3-part video conversation with Leon R. Kass, author of “The Ten Commandments.”

When we last left Leon Kass, he was talking about the passions that “lurk in the hearts of men” and the guidance the Hebrew Bible can give us in learning how to channel them. 

Now we move from the formation of the individual and the family to the founding of the nation, from the covenant with Abraham to the covenant with Moses. As Kass says, “The astonishing thing about the foundation of the Israelite nation is that they have a law and a spiritual direction before they have an economy and before they have land.” 

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