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Transformation of Torah from Scribal Advice to Law
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Transformation of Torah from Scribal Advice to Law


Sheffield Academic Press 1999

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Recent discussion of biblical law sees it either as a response to socio-economic factors or as an intellectual tradition. In either case it is viewed as the product of elites that form an international community drawing on a common culture. This book takes that fundamental discussion a step further by proposing that “law” is an inappropriate term for the biblical codes, and that they represent, rather, the “moral advice” of scribes working independently of the legal framework and appealing to Yahweh as authority. Only by prolonged exegesis and through the transformation of Judean religion does this “advice” take the form of divine law binding on Jews.

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Key Features

  • Studies of law in the Israelite monarchy
  • Exegesis of transformation of Biblical law
  • Careful examination of the practice of justice in ancient Israel
  • All Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your library

Product Details

  • Title: Transformation of Torah from Scribal Advice to Law
  • Authors: Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 200

About Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley

Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley is Lecturer in Old Testament in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Theological Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

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