Wisdom-Laws: A Study of the Mishpatim of Exodus 21:1-22:16

Hardcover | March 26, 2006

byBernard S Jackson

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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, hemeans `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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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, hemeans `self-executing' rules, the provisions o...

Bernard S. Jackson is Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:March 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198269315

ISBN - 13:9780198269311

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. Models2. Law and WisdomII. The Mishpatim3. Slavery4. Homicide5. Assault6. The Pregnant Woman Victim7. Maltreatment of Slaves8. The Goring Ox9. Theft10. Agricultural Delicts11. `Bailment'12. SeductionIII. Conclusions13. Towards an Institutional History of the Mishpatim14. Towards a Literary History of the Mishpatim