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Inventing God's LawHow the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi$
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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

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The Casuistic Laws

The Casuistic Laws

(p.31) 2 The Casuistic Laws
Inventing God's Law

David P. Wright (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents the basic evidence of the common sequential ordering of the casuistic ("if . . . then . . .") laws of the Covenant Code (Exodus 21:2–22:19) and the Laws of Hammurabi. It notes fourteen points of correlation running throughout the two texts, covering essentially the whole of the Covenant Code's casuistic laws. It introduces the technique of cross-referencing as a means whereby the material based on the sequential use of Hammurabi's text was creatively reordered or expanded.

Keywords:   sequential similarities, common order, scribal techniques, casuistic law, structure of law collections

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