Quotation by Erich Fromm

Among most Christians the Old Testament is little read in comparison to the New Testament. Furthermore, much of what is read is often distorted by prejudice. Frequently the Old Testament is believed to express exclusively the principles of justice and revenge, in contrast to the New Testament, which represents those of love and mercy; even the sentence, "Love your neighbor as yourself," is thought by many to derive from the New, not the Old Testament. Or the Old Testament is believed to have been written exclusively in the spirit of narrow nationalism and to contain nothing of supranational universalism so characteristic of the New Testament.
Erich Fromm (1900–1980), U.S. psychologist. You Shall Be as Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its Tradition, introduction, Holt, Rinehart (1966).
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