Title

The Prayer of Foreigners: Evidence of the Biblical Tradition

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 1992

Journal Title

SIDIC

Volume

25

Number

1

Abstract

This survey of the Hebrew Bible is far from exhaustive but it may provide an insight into an important facet of Jewish-Gentile relations. All human beings are created in the divine image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-28) and are obliged to render thanks-and-praise (the "ascending" blessing) in response to the gift of life. They should adore their Creator and, quite spontaneously, call for help in times of danger, temptation and other situations when human weakness is all too evident. The prophets and psalmists laid the foundation for hope that good will prevail over evil intent among God's Creatures.

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