“Politics really began when an alternative order was envisaged – when Jewish slaves were told that their subjugation was not a natural state of affairs.  Prior to the revelation of Moses on the mountain of Sinai (which itself was a continuation of those covenants given to Abraham and Noah), the gods were held to be arbitrary, representatives of a random order governed only by their requisite power.  God, however, revealed himself to the Jews as lawful, and covenants were made that governed both him and the rest of created nature – as such the world was both redescribed and reenvisaged.  No longer was the exercise of arbitrary power conducted under divine license.  Power was subject to law – and law now refigured power as the servant of justice and righteousness.  The priestly role was no longer the sanctifying of the existing order; it was the overthrow of arbitrary rule and the establishment of a consecrated world by a common communal practice that upheld it as such.”

From Phillip Blond’s, “Toward a Theological Materialism”