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Twining, Globalisation and Legal Theory (London: Butterworths, 2000). the horizon of biblical law xxxi Jewish tradition holds that the Torah consists of 613 commandments and prohibitions. (2) Torah can be seen more broadly, not simply as legal precepts that are applied in the course of legal disputes but also as the outcome of judicial decisions. , Deuteronomy 17:11). (3) Torah can be said to go beyond legal precepts and judicial decisions to be identified with a major literary work. , Deuteronomy 28:61; JPS), which is usually taken to refer to the book of Deuteronomy.

Westminster Law 4, 3 (2002). the horizon of biblical law xxxix In addition, there is a tendency for most lawyers to study aspects of a given country’s legal system, such as its criminal law and land law, as discrete subjects. They are all isolated from each other, and so the opportunities to make connections between them are rare. The study of biblical law is thus important because it enables us to see how different aspects of the legal order and regulation of society connect. We will see how, for example, biblical land law fits with a concern for the environment, which also coheres with our understanding of sexual offenses and the administration of justice.

For one thing, all the ANE legal collections that have so far been recovered were found in parts of Mesopotamia and Anatolia (see Table 1, above). Each location is hundreds of miles from Canaan (that is, the region occupied by biblical Israel). Had they been found closer to Canaan and its environs, there would be a stronger claim to literary influence. Eichler11 points to structural similarities between LE §§27–30 and LH §§128–136. This is understandable inasmuch as LE and LH both hailed from the same geographical area and were probably quite close in time (see Table 1).

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