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

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

EditorAnselm C. Hagedorn, Reinhard G. Kratz

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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 didwritten 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, theNabateans, 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.

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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 didwritten law shape a society in which the ma...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Anselm C. Hagedorn and Reinhard G. Kratz: IntroductionI1. Arlette David: The Sound of the Magic Flute in Legal and Religious Registers of the Ramesside Period: Some Common Features of Two 'Ritualistic Languages'2. Josef Wiesehofer: Law and Religion in Achaemenidian Iran3. Michael Gagarin: Law and Religion in Early Greece4. F. S. Naiden: Gods, Kings, and Lawgivers5. Alejandro F. Botta: Hated by the Gods and your Spouse6. Andrew D. Gross: Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean7. John F. Healey: Fines and Curses: Law and Religion among the Nabataeans and their NeighboursII8. Bernard S. Jackson: Law and Religion in the Hebrew Bible9. Eckart Otto: The History of the Legal-Religious Hermeneutics of the Book of Deuteronomy from the Assyrian to the Hellenistic Period10. Reinhard G. Kratz: 'The peg in the wall': Cultic Centralization revisited11. Bruce Wells: Is It Law or Religion? Legal Motivations in Deuteronomic and Neo-Babylonian Texts12. Rachel Magdalene: Job's compositional history one more time: What its law might contribute13. Aharon Shemesh: 'For the judgment is God's' (Deut. 1: 17): Biblical and communal law in the Dead Sea Scrolls14. Irene Schneider: The Jurist as a Mujtahid - the Hermeneutical Concept of Abu l-Hasan Alial-Mawardi (d. 449/1058)Index