There is nothing arrogant, bearing on exclusivity, in the idea of Jews as a chosen people. "Chosen" does not signify superiority. It merely means that the ancient Hebrews were tasked with setting a good example, through deeds, for others. They were to promote justice, morality and charity, while aiding the poor. Given this scheme of things, there is no irony in the fact that they did not seek to convert their neighbors to Judaism.
-- Elliott A. Cohen, in a letter to the New York Times Book Review