Commentary: We Must Renew Our Covenant with One Another Because Pretending Things Are Fine Won’t Cut It

As the Supreme Court and others struggle with legal claims about this election, it’s worth considering just what precedes law and gives it validity.

Over three millennia ago, a new people formed out of a motley assortment of tribes and hebraoi, herders on the edges of the rigid, hierarchical Bronze Age city states. What made them a people was not their coming together per se – tribal groups had aligned, and then clashed or drifted apart, many times before. Nor was it simply the result of sharing cultural practices or the newfangled idea of a written legal code.

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