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An Introduction to Biblical Law

William S. Morrow
Format
Book
Published
Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9780802868657, 0802868657
Summary
In this book William Morrow surveys four major law collections in Exodus-Deuteronomy and shows how they each enabled the people of Israel to create and sustain a community of faith. Treating biblical law as dynamic systems of thought facilitating ancient Israel's efforts at self-definition, Morrow describes four different social contexts that gave rise to biblical law: (1) Israel at the holy mountain (the Ten Commandments); (2) Israel in the village assembly (Exodus 20:22-23:19); (3) Israel in the courts of the Lord (priestly and holiness rules in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers); and (4) Israel in the city (Deuteronomy). Including forthright discussion of such controversial subjects as slavery, revenge, gender inequality, religious intolerance, and contradictions between bodies of biblical law, Morrow's study will help students and other serious readers make sense out of texts in the Pentateuch that are often seen as obscure. --
Contents
  • Part I. Thinking about biblical law
  • Introduction : water from Sinai
  • The laws in scripture : dates and origins
  • Biblical law : Mosaic or a mosaic?
  • Approaches to the law : text and context
  • Part II. Israel at the holy mountain
  • The ten commandments : introduction
  • The second commandment : revealing the nature of God
  • Part III. Israel in the village assembly
  • The covenant code : introduction
  • Restoration or revenge? : the case of the goring ox
  • The Bible and slavery : humanitarian concerns
  • Part IV. Israel in the courts of the Lord
  • Priestly and holiness law : introduction
  • The Tabernacle : a palace in the wilderness
  • Sacrifice : communication and community-making
  • Gift offerings : commitment and belonging
  • Hazards of the holy life 1 : debt offerings
  • Hazards of the holy life 2 : food, death, sex, and birth
  • The holiness code : crops, tattoos, and loving your neighbor
  • Jubilee : utopia or practicality?
  • Part V. Israel in the city
  • Deuteronomy : introduction
  • Covenant theology and religious intolerance : Israel and the Canaanites
  • Revolution : centralization of the cult
  • Justice at the gates : capital crimes and judicial reform
  • The limits of social solidarity : women in deuteronomic law.
Description
xvi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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