Ethical Demands and Religious Obligations

John Van Seters

in A Law Book for the Diaspora

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153156
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834785 | DOI:
Ethical Demands and Religious Obligations

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Within the second half of the code are social and humanitarian commandments concerned with the poor, the widow and orphan, and the stranger who are not to be exploited, but must be supported by social welfare. These concerns are expressed in regulations regarding the practice of usury, fair treatment in a court of law, fair labor practices, and animal welfare. There are various apodictic prohibitions and injunctions on religious matters, including one that has been linked to the practice of child sacrifice, to which special attention is given. The last group of religious injunctions deals with the Sabbath and festival laws. Many of the laws within this half of the Covenant Code have their counterparts within the other biblical codes, as well as the larger biblical tradition, which call for careful comparative analysis.

Keywords: animal welfare; apodictic prohibitions; child sacrifice; festival laws; poor; Sabbath; social and humanitarian commandments; stranger; usury; widow and orphan

Chapter.  27584 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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