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Title: Introduction to Biblical Law
Author: Morrow, William S
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2017
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802868657
Volumes: 1; Pages: 286
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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.
Table of 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
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.