Wisdom-Laws: A Study of the Mishpatim of Exodus 12:1-22:16

Wisdom-Laws: A Study of the Mishpatim of Exodus 12:1-22:16

by Bernard S. Jackson
     
 


We think of law as rules whose words are binding, used by the courts in the adjudication of disputes. Bernard S. Jackson explains that early biblical law was significantly different, and that many of the laws in the Covenant Code in Exodus should be viewed as "'wisdom-laws." By this term, he means "self-executing" rules, the provisions of which permit their… See more details below

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We think of law as rules whose words are binding, used by the courts in the adjudication of disputes. Bernard S. Jackson explains that early biblical law was significantly different, and that many of the laws in the Covenant Code in Exodus should be viewed as "'wisdom-laws." By this term, he means "self-executing" rules, the provisions of which permit their application without recourse to the law-courts or similar institutions. They thus conform to two tenets of the "wisdom tradition": that judicial dispute should be avoided, and that the law is a type of teaching, or "wisdom".

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ISBN-13:
9780198269311
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Models
2. Law and Wisdom
II. The Mishpatim
3. Slavery
4. Homicide
5. Assault
6. The Pregnant Woman Victim
7. Maltreatment of Slaves
8. The Goring Ox
9. Theft
10. Agricultural Delicts
11. 'Bailment'
12. Seduction
III. Conclusions
13. Towards an Institutional History of the Mishpatim
14. Towards a Literary History of the Mishpatim

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