Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Inventing God's LawHow the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David P. Wright

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304756.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 July 2019

The Themes and Ideology of the Apodictic Laws (Exodus 20:23–26; 21:1; 22:20–23:19)

The Themes and Ideology of the Apodictic Laws (Exodus 20:23–26; 21:1; 22:20–23:19)

(p.286) 11 The Themes and Ideology of the Apodictic Laws (Exodus 20:23–26; 21:1; 22:20–23:19)
Inventing God's Law

David P. Wright (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This and the following chapter discuss the compositional logic involved in creating the Covenant Code's apodictic laws. These laws show most clearly the ideological intention of the Covenant Code, that it seeks to create a law composition that stands as a symbol of resistance to Assyrian hegemony at the end of the 8th or the beginning of the 7th centuries BCE. The chapter discusses the replacement of Hammurabi (and Mesopotamian gods) with Yahweh, who is presented as the revealer and author of the biblical collection. It also describes the three topical focuses of the apodictic laws: the poor, the cult (i.e., temple and associated activities), and the proper pursuit of justice.

Keywords:   apodictic law, ideology, theology, sacrifice, temple and cult, poverty, justice, Yahweh

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .