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Commentaries on the Laws of Moses (4 vols.)

by Michaelis, John David

Paternoster 1814

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Overview

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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Key Features

  • Provides commentary while showing how the Mosaic Law applied to eighteenth century political contexts
  • Employs the wide swath of the author’s expertise including history, linguistics, political philosophy, and the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Offer over 2,000 pages of insightful commentary on the Mosaic Law and its ongoing importance

Individual Titles

Commentaries on the Laws of Moses, vol. 1

  • Author: John David Michaelis
  • Translator: Alexander Smith
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1814
  • Pages: 574

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Volume 1 of John David Michaelis’ Commentaries on the Laws of Moses provides a broad philosophical perspective on law in general, and then shows how the Mosaic Laws functioned within Israelite society, both in the wilderness wanderings and later during the monarchy. Michaelis’ philosophical work allows him to establish the importance Mosaic Laws have played in constructing legal systems for early modern European society.

Commentaries on the Laws of Moses, vol. 2

  • Author: John David Michaelis
  • Translator: Alexander Smith
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1814
  • Pages: 558

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In volume 2 of the Commentaries on the Laws of Moses, John David Michaelis explores the Mosaic injunctions concerning marriage, propriety in social relationships, and the relationship of economic circumstances to one's social standing in the Israelite community. He explains the nature, structure, and purpose of marriage, and notes the grounds for divorce. He also explains the biblical instructions for the treatment of slaves and the poor, and the nature of the social life the Mosaic Law envisioned. He then attempts to relate what the Mosaic Law teaches to the world in which he lived, seeking to appropriate these social regulations for his own political context.

Commentaries on the Laws of Moses, vol. 3

  • Author: John David Michaelis
  • Translator: Alexander Smith
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1814
  • Pages: 532

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John David Michaelis’ third volume in his Commentaries on the Laws of Moses examines civil law and its enforcement. This includes laws governing the census, military service, rights of spoil, punitive damages, circumcision, treatment of enemies in war, diet, and the relationship of cultic ceremonies and religious observances to civil life. Noting the limitations of each, Michaelis also examines how the pertinent aspects of these laws relate to the practice of Christianity in eighteenth-century European life.

Commentaries on the Laws of Moses, vol. 4

  • Author: John David Michaelis
  • Translator: Alexander Smith
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1814
  • Pages: 546

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Commentaries on the Laws of the Moses, volume 4, continues Michaelis’ exploration of criminal law. Here he examines the prohibition and punishment of idolatry and other pagan practices. This leads him to consider several of the most important commands, such as the injunctions against blasphemy, perjury, the use of images in worship, murder, sexual crimes, crimes of malice, and other violations. Each law is skilfully adapted for use in Michaelis’ own time, or shown to be limited in its application to the original Hebrew audience.

Product Details

  • Title: Commentaries on the Laws of Moses (4 vols.)
  • Author: John David Michaelis
  • Translator: Alexander Smith
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 2,210

About John David Michaelis

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.