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Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel (Douglas A Knight) Hardcover Book, (Westminster John Knox, 2011) 9780664221447
Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel (Douglas A Knight) Hardcover Book, (Westminster John Knox, 2011) 9780664221447
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Title: Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel

Author: Knight, Douglas A

Publisher: Westminster John Knox; Publication Date: 2011

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780664221447

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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This new volume in the Library of Ancient Israel series argues that, while the laws in the Hebrew Bible tend to reflect the interests of those in power, the majority of the ancient Israelites developed unwritten customary laws to regulate behavior and resolve legal conflicts in their own communities. The book includes numerous examples from village, city, and cult.Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines--such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and literary criticism--to illuminate the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these insights for a wide variety of readers.Table of ContentsForeword Acknowledgments Abbreviations Ancient Legal Texts Chronologies Introduction Part 1 The Dimensions Of Law 1. Israelite Law and Biblical Law Israelite Laws and Biblical Laws Legal Texts in the Hebrew Bible Covenant Code Deuteronomic Code Holiness Code Priestly Code Decalogue Critique and Proposal 2. The Power of Law Social Order and Control Resolving Conflict The Nature and Sources of Law Legal Systems Laws and Legal Systems of Antiquity The Law and the Laws Law, Morality, and Religion 3. The Law of Power The Politics of Legislation: Whose Laws? Whose Benefits? The Social Structure of Power in Ancient Israel The Players and Their Powers in Ancient Israel The Villages The Cities, States, and Empires The Cult Torah as "Instruction": Who Instructs Whom�and to What End? Conclusion 4. Speaking and Writing Law Legal Discourse Legal Vocabulary Legal Forms Writing Laws Literacy Alternative Scenarios The Emergence of Written Laws Cultural Memory Part 2 Laws In Their Contexts 5. Law in the Villages Village Life The Location of Villages Size and Population Social Realities The Laws Identifying Ancient Village Laws Substantive Law in Israelite Villages Social Life Kinshlip Marriage Reproduction Sexual Relations, Offenses, and Illicit Sexual Behavior Children and the Elderly Personal Injury and Death Economic Life Real Property Movable Property Production Slavery Liability Responsibilities toward the Vulnerable Conclusion 6. Law in the Cities and the States Urban Life Size, Types, and Location of Cities Residential Cities or Towns Local Administrative Cities Royal Cities Capital Cities Residential Groups in the Cities The Laws Identifying the Laws of the Cities and the'States Substantive Law in the Cities and the States Social Life Class Marriage Reproduction Sexual Relations, Offenses, and Illicit Sexual Behaviour Children and the Elderly Personal Injury and Death Economic Life Contracts Real Property Movable Property Slavery Liability Responsibilities toward the Vulnerable Conclusion 7. Law in the Cult The Cult Cultic Sites Cultic Paraphernalia Cultic Personnel Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Popular Religion Temple Economy The Laws Identifying Cultic Laws Substantive Law in the Cult Access to the Cult and Membership in the Cultic Community Mandating Behavior Requirements and Prerogatives of Religious Professionals Conclusion Epilogue Appendix: Criteria for Identifying Laws Bibliography Index of Ancient Sources Index of Authors Index of Subjects
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