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Injustice Made Legal: Deuteronomic Law and the Plight of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in Ancient Israel (Harold V Bennett) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand), 2002) 9780802825742
Injustice Made Legal: Deuteronomic Law and the Plight of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in Ancient Israel (Harold V Bennett) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand), 2002) 9780802825742
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Title: Injustice Made Legal: Deuteronomic Law and the Plight of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in Ancient Israel

Author: Bennett, Harold V

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand); Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802825742

Volumes: 1; Pages: 217

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The scriptural laws dealing with widows, strangers, and orphans are conventionally viewed as rules meant to aid the plight of vulnerable persons in ancient Israelite society. In Justice Made Legal Harold V. Bennett challenges this perspective, arguing instead that key sanctions found in Deuteronomy were actually drafted by a powerful elite to enhance their own material condition and keep the peasantry down.Building his provocative case on a careful analysis of life in the ancient world and on his understanding of critical law theory, Bennett views Deuteronomic law through the eyes of the needy in Israelite society. His unique approach uncovers the previously neglected link between politico-economic interests and the formulation of law. The result is a new understanding of law in the Hebrew Bible and the ways it worked to support and maintain the dehumanization of widows, strangers, and orphans in the biblical community.This daring work is necessary reading for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible, ancient history, or social justice issues.ContentsPrefaceAbbreviations1. PROLEGOMENONHistory of ScholarshipCritique and ThesisMethodological ConsiderationsArrangement2. TEXTS AND TERMSDelineating the Widow, Stranger, and Orphan and Identifying Their Socioeconomic LocationIntroductionThe Widow in the Deuteronomic CodeHistory of ScholarshipWidow in the Mesopotamian LiteratureWidow in the Ugaritic LiteratureWidow in the HBSummaryThe Stranger in the Deuteronomic CodeHistory of ScholarshipAssessment and ProposalSummaryThe Orphan in the Deuteronomic CodeHistory of ScholarshipOrphans in the Mesopotamian LiteratureOrphans in the Ugaritic LiteratureOrphans in the Phoenician LiteratureOrphans in the Poetic Text in the HBSummarySocial Subgroupings and the Socioeconomic Ranking of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the North during the Ninth Century B.C.E.Summary3. TEXTS AND ADJUDICATIONExamining Innovations in the Widow, Stranger, and Orphan Law in the Deuteronomic CodeIntroductionCritical Issues for Understanding Laws on Tithes in the DCLaw on Tithes, and Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the DCSummaryCritical Issues for Understanding Laws on Major Cultic Pilgrimages in the DCLaws on Major Cultic Pilgrimages, and Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the DCSummaryCritical Issues for Understanding Laws against Depriving Widows, Strangers, and Orphans of Legal Protection in the DCLaw on the Rights of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the DCCritical Issues for Understanding Laws on Gleanings in the DCLaws on Gleanings and Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the DCSummary4. TEXTS AND INTERPRETATIONDeuteronomy and the Oppression of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the Biblical CommunitiesOn Oppression in the Biblical CommunitiesThe Theoretical FrameworkThe Meaning of Oppression with Respect to Widows, Strangers, and OrphansDeuteronomy and the Oppression of Widows, Strangers, and OrphansPeriodic Assistance and the Oppression of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the Biblical CommunitiesSecurity for Loans and Discrimination against Widows in the Biblical CommunitiesGleaning Regulations and the Dilemma of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in the Biblical CommunitiesSummary5. TEXTS AND CONTEXTSThe Societal Matrices of the Widow, Stranger, and Orphan Laws in the Deuteronomic CodeIntroductionThe Political MilieuThe Northern ProvenanceThe Chronological BoundariesSummaryThe Economic Milieu of the Omride AdministrationThe Resurgence in BureaucracyThe Resurgence in State Building ProjectsThe Resurgence in International TradeSummaryThe Social MilieuThe Identification of Kinship SubgroupingsThe Significance of Blood Relations among the Collection of HouseholdsThe Socioeconomic Function of the Collection of HouseholdsThe Effects of the Omride Administration on the Collection of HouseholdsSummaryThe Religious MilieuThe Yahweh-Alone CultThe Yahweh-Alone Cult and the State CultThe Yahweh-Alone Cult and the Drafting of the Widow, Stranger, and Orphan LawsThe Widow, Stranger, and Orphan Laws and Their Role in the Program of the Yahweh-Alone CultThe Widow, Stranger, and Orphan Laws and the Co-opting of Peasant FarmersSummary6. CONCLUSIONBibliographyIndex of AuthorsIndex of SubjectsIndex of Scripture References
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