Hebrew Law in Biblical Times

An Introduction

This book presents the scholar, historian, lawyer, and general student of the Bible with a highly readable and useful handbook. First published in Jerusalem in 1964, this concise yet knowledgeable treatise remains illuminating. Its skillful organization makes it the most accessible of all introductions to biblical law.

Falk’s research is grounded in historical, sociological, linguistic, and comparative data. His work yields interesting insights about technical legal terminology, vital social information behind the Israelite legal system, and broad perspectives on law among Israel’s neighbors, the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians.

Alongside its discussions of homicide, torts, property, contracts, slavery, and divorce, this book includes sections on law and religion, divine judgment, collective responsibility, blasphemy, and religious elements in biblical family law. These studies make it clear that Hebrew law in biblical times cannot be understood except as an integrated system of social institutions and religious values.

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About the Author

Ze'ev W. Falk

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • The Sources
  • Tribe, Nation, and State
  • Administration of Justice
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Things and Contracts
  • Persons
  • The Family
  • Marriage and Divorce
  • Children
  • Succession
  • Addenda
  • Ze'ev W. Falk Bibliography
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  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893558
  • Page Count: 264
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