Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean: From Antiquity to Early Islam

Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean: From Antiquity to Early Islam

by Anselm C. Hagedorn, Reinhard G. Kratz




How was it possible that Greeks often wrote their laws on the walls of their temples, but — in contrast to other ancient societies — never transformed these written civic laws into a religious law? Did it matter whether laws were inscribed in stone, clay, or on a scroll? And above all, how did written law shape a society in which the majority population was illiterate?

This volume addresses the similarities and differences in the role played by law and religion in various societies across the Eastern Mediterranean. Bringing together a collection of 14 essays from scholars of the Hebrew Bible, Ancient Greece, the Ancient Near East, Qumran, Elephantine, the Nabateans, and the early Arab world, it also approaches these subjects in an all-encompassing manner, looking in detail at the notion of law and religion in the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole in both the geographical as well as the historical space.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199550234
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anselm C. Hagedorn is Privatdozent in Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament at the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin.

Reinhard G. Kratz is Professor for the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament at the Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen and a member of the Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Table of Contents

Introduction Anselm C. Hagedorn and Reinhard G. Kratz
1. The Sound of the Magic Flute in Legal and Religious Registers of the Ramesside Period: Some Common Features of Two 'Ritualistic Languages', Arlette David
2. Law and Religion in Achaemenidian Iran, Josef Wiesehofer
3. Law and Religion in Early Greece, Michael Gagarin
4. Gods, Kings, and Lawgivers, F. S. Naiden
5. Hated by the Gods and your Spouse, Alejandro F. Botta
6. Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean, Andrew D. Gross
7. Fines and Curses: Law and Religion among the Nabataeans and their Neighbours, John F. Healey
8. Law and Religion in the Hebrew Bible, Bernard S. Jackson
9. The History of the Legal-Religious Hermeneutics of the Book of Deuteronomy from the Assyrian to the Hellenistic Period, Eckart Otto
10. 'The peg in the wall': Cultic Centralization revisited, Reinhard G. Kratz
11. Is It Law or Religion? Legal Motivations in Deuteronomic and Neo-Babylonian Texts, Bruce Wells
12. Job's compositional history one more time: What its law might contribute, Rachel Magdalene
13. 'For the judgment is God's' (Deut. 1: 17): Biblical and communal law in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Aharon Shemesh
14. The Jurist as a Mujtahid - the Hermeneutical Concept of Abu l-Hasan Alial-Mawardi (d. 449/1058), Irene Schneider

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