In Commentaries on the Laws of Moses, modern readers will find an extensive interpretive treatise on the Pentateuch’s laws—one that is significantly different from what they’ve come to expect from modern commentaries. Written during the revolutionary era of the eighteenth century, these volumes seek not only to explain the Mosaic Laws, but also to interpret them with a view toward implementing them in the contemporary legal code of that time. The author, a German biblical scholar named John David Michaelis, sought not only to investigate the Mosaic laws, but to illustrate the philosophy behind them—a philosophy Michaelis believed capable of contributing to the coherence of early modern European life.
With this unique approach, Michaelis shows himself to be a scholar of both the Western religious tradition and the Western legal tradition. He also shows himself to be a student of his age. He interacts with the ideas of political theorists such as Montesquieu, focuses on personal liberty and the rejection of divinely appointed kings, ponders economics, and explores the difficult legal context of social relationships in the nascent modern world.
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John David Michaelis (1717–1791) was a German Old Testament scholar, polymath, and lecturer at Halle, the preeminent school for Hebrew studies in eighteenth century Germany. Michaelis was often noted for his originality as a thinker, and later became a full professor at the University of Gottingen, where he was able to pursue his myriad interests—including literature, history, political philosophy, science, and geography—all of which grew directly out of his biblical scholarship.