Religion and Law: Biblical-Judaic and Islamic Perspectives

Religion and Law: Biblical-Judaic and Islamic Perspectives


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Religion and Law: Biblical-Judaic and Islamic Perspectives by Edwin Brown Firmage

The papers presented in this volume were originally presented at a conference entitled “Religion and Law: Middle Eastern Influences on the West,” sponsored by the Middle East Center of the University of Utah and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young Univerisity. The conference’s aim was to explore the connection between religion, especially biblical religion, and law in the Ancient Middle East and to trace its development into the present. The special status of Islamic law is treated in several articles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780931464393
Publisher: Eisenbrauns, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/1990
Pages: 401
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

The Decalogue: Its Significance, Uniqueness, and Place in Israel’s Tradition - Moshe Weinfeld

Covenant and Law in Islam - Bernard G. Weiss

The Suzerainty Treaty Structure: Thirty Years Later - George E. Mendenhall

Biblical Attitudes toward Power: Ideal and Reality in Law and Prophets - Moshe Greenberg

Reflections on Postulates: Power and Ancient Laws—A Response to Moshe Greenberg - John W. Welch

Spirituality and Jewish Law - Ze’ev W. Falk

When Is a Law a Law? The Case of Jesus and Paul - E. P. Sanders

Ethics and Ritual: The Foundations of the Biblical Dietary Laws - Jacob Milgrom

Observations on the Ethical Foundations of the Biblical Dietary Laws: A Response to Jacob Milgrom - David P. Wright

Ethical Dimensions of Islamic Ritual Law - Frederick M. Denny

Another Perspective on Ethics in Islamic Law and Ritual: A Response to Frederick Denny - Lois A. Giffen

Law and Grace in Islam: Sufi Attitudes toward the Sharia - Mahmoud Ayoub

Beyond the Law: The Experience of Some Persian Sufi Poets—A Response to Mahmoud Ayoub - Leonardo P. Alishan

Legalism and Spirituality: Historical, Philosophical, and Semiotic Notes on Legislators, Adjudicators, and Subjects - Bernard S. Jackson

Some Consequences of the Image Prohibition in Jewish Art - Jo Milgrom

The Role of Iconoclasm on Islamic Art and Architecture: A Response to Jo Milgrom - Stanley Ira Hallet

The Formation of the Canon of the Old Testament: The Selection and Identification of the Torah as the Supreme Authority of the Postexilic Community - David Noel Freedman

Biblical Analogues to Middle Assyrian Law - Shalom M. Paul

Rite: Ceremonies of Law and Treaty in the Ancient Near East - Delbert R. Hillers

Religious Freedom and Jewish Tradition in Modern Israeli Law—A Clash of Ideologies - Izhak Englard

Israeli and American Conceptions of Religious Freedom: A Response to Izhak Englard - J. Clifford Wallace

Index of Biblical References

Index of Extra-biblical Jewish Sources

Index of Quranic References

Subject Index

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