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introspection could a monk truly hope to achieve the epitome of spiritual perfection. Although isolation enabled one form of spiritual development, eschewing all social contact would inevitably undermine alternative avenues to spiritual improvement for oneself and others. Communal living offered opportunities

In: The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation

) combined with references to hatred ( שִׂנְאָה ) and slander ( מוֹצִא דִבָּה ): “He who follows discipline shows the way to life, but he who ignores reproof leads astray. He who conceals hatred has lying lips, while he who speaks forth slander is a dullard.” 22 The references to hatred and rebuke recall

In: The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation