Laws in the Bible and in Early Rabbinic Collections The Legal Legacy of the Ancient near East

ISBN-10: 1608999467

ISBN-13: 9781608999460

Edition: N/A

Authors: Samuel Greengus

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The remarkable discovery of ancient Near Eastern law collections or codes, beginning with the Laws of Hammurabi and followed by many other collections in decades following, opened a new window upon biblical law. This volume seeks to examine within a single study all of the biblical laws that are similar in content with ancient Near Eastern laws from Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, and Hatti. The book also examines a small but important group of early rabbinic laws from postbiblical times that exhibit significant similarities with laws found in the ancient Near Eastern collections or codes. This later group of laws, although absent from the Bible, are nevertheless of comparable antiquity. The presentation focuses on the actual law statements preserved in these ancient law codes. The discussion then adds narratives, records, and reports of legal actions from ancient sources outside the laws-all of which relate to the formal law statements. The discourse is non-polemical in tone and does not seek to revisit all theories and interpretations. The format allows readers, including those who are new to the subject of biblical law, to engage the primary sources on their own.
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List price: $38.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

List of Abbreviations
Laws Pertaining to Family Relations and Sexual Behavior
Marriage Rules and Incest
Incest Prohibitions between Parents, Children, and Siblings
Restrictions Arising through Marriage
Restrictions Affecting Wife's Sister, Daughter, or Mother
Reflections on the Incest Rules
Dissolution of Marriage
Marriage Cancellation
Dissolution Because of Illness
The "Rebellious Wife"
Proven Adultery
Accusations of Adultery
Rape and Seduction
Rape of a Betrothed or Married Woman
Rape of an Unmarried Woman
Seduction of an Unmarried Woman
Sexual Offenses against Slaves
Inheritance by Sons
Inheritance by Daughters
Social Ranking by Mother
Laws on Debtors and Debt Slaves
Relief Given to Debt Slaves on an Individual Basis
Voluntary Relief Given Debt Slaves as a Group
Relief Given to Debt Slaves as a Group by Royal Decrees
Relief Given to Debt Slaves as a Group by Calender
Reducing the Burden of Debt upon the Needy
Usury and Security
Rights oj'Redemption
Laws on Chattel Slaves
Sale of Chattel Slaves
Return of Lost or Runaway Slaves
Laws Relating to Personal Injury and Homicide
Mistreatment of Debt Slaves and Hostages
Injuries to Chattel Slaves
Injuries to Free Persons
Assault on Dignity
Striking a Parent
Injury to Male Genitals
Striking a Pregnant Woman
Homicide: Intentional, Unintentional, Accidental
Compensation for Homicide
Homicide in Ancient Near Eastern Sources
Injury and Homicide through Negligence on Property
Injury and Homicide Caused by Domestic Animals
Unsolved Homicide
Laws Relating to Movable Property
Animal Keepers and their Responsibilities
Borrowed or Hired Animals and Tools
Hiring of Boats and Loss through Negligence
Theft of Livestock
Theft of Property Other than Livestock
The Thief Caught "in the Act"
Reclaiming Stolen Property
Theft of Property Belonging to Temple or Palace
Loss of Domestic Animals Caused by Other Domestic Animals
Returning a Lost Animal to Owner
Laws Relating to Immovable Properly
Theft of Land
Negligence in an Agricultural Lease
Agricultural Lease and Natural Disaster
Trespass and Grazing
Damage to Field and Crops by Fire
Sowing Two Species in the Same Field
Unlawful Address of Supernatural Powers
Cursing and Blasphemy
The Courts and the Justice System
False Witness
Corruption of Judges
Final Thoughts and Perspectives
Historical Timeline
Appendix: Salient Features in the History and Culture of Ancient Israel and Her Neighbors
Index of Hebrew Bible
Index of Ancient Near Eastern Documents
Index of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, Philo, and josephus
Index of Greco-Roman Writings
Index of Rabbinic Works
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