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Introduction to Biblical Law (William S Morrow) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2017) 9780802868657
Introduction to Biblical Law (William S Morrow) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2017) 9780802868657
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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

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.
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