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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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Child Rebellion, Kidnapping, Sorcery, Bestiality, and Illicit Sacrifice (Exodus 21:15–17; 22:17–19)

Child Rebellion, Kidnapping, Sorcery, Bestiality, and Illicit Sacrifice (Exodus 21:15–17; 22:17–19)

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(p.192) 7 Child Rebellion, Kidnapping, Sorcery, Bestiality, and Illicit Sacrifice (Exodus 21:15–17; 22:17–19)
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Inventing God's Law
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David P. Wright (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304756.003.0007

This chapter, with Chapter 6, show that besides using the Laws of Hammurabi as a source, the Covenant Code also apparently used a brief native (Israelite/Judean) source (oral or written) with law formulated in participial form, often with the penalty "one shall be put to death." This source was probably brought into the Covenant Code because it contained a law against cursing parents which the Covenant Code used to "translate" laws on denouncing parents from Hammurabi's text. This opened the door to using the participial form for other capital laws in 21:12, 15–17 as well as in 22:17–19, which is an appendix of miscellaneous behavioral taboos (sorcery, bestiality, idolatrous sacrifice) derived from or inspired by the participial source.

Keywords:   forms of law, Casuistic versus apodictic law, children and parents, kidnapping, sorcery, idolatry, bestiality

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