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A recent approach to understanding Judaism’s views of children and childhood has been through a theological lens. Questions that such theologians ask include What is God saying to us in the existence of childhood, in the necessity that life must begin with childhood and that all peoples must enter into a time of formation and education? To whom do children belong and who should determine their future and growth? Childhood, therefore, is seen not merely as a stage to pass through, as the developmentalists would have it, but rather a state of being profoundly spiritual, ‘a part of our being before God’.

Theologians of childhood believe that there needs to be a fuller understanding of this state of being and how religion can contribute to ...

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