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Law in the Old Testament

Gordon Wenham

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199237777
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199237777.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Law in the Old Testament

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The English Bible reader understands ‘law’as 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. It is ‘law’ in this sense that is the focus of this article. The article also considers the administration of the law, whether by king, priest, or village elders.

Keywords: Bible; legal rulings; moral injunctions; Pentateuch; Ten Commandments

Article.  4661 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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