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Law in the Old Testament

Gordon Wenham

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Law in the Old Testament

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This chapter examines law in the Bible. Law refers to the legal rulings and moral injunctions found within the Pentateuch, such as the Ten Commandments, the farming regulations of Exodus 22, the laws on sacrifice and purity in Leviticus, and the sermons of Deuteronomy. Topics discussed include law in the ancient Near East, Old Testament collections of law, types of law, some principles of law, and law enforcement and administration.

Keywords: Bible; law; ancient Near East; law enforcement

Chapter.  4606 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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