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A Law Book for the Diaspora: Revision in the Study of the Covenant Code

John Van Seters


The foundation for all scholarly study in biblical law is the shared assumption that the Covenant Code, as contained in Exodus 20:23–23:33, is the oldest code of laws in the Hebrew Bible and that all other laws are later revisions of that code. This book strikes at that foundation by arguing that those laws in the Covenant Code that are similar to Deuteronomy and the Holiness Code are in fact later than both of these, dependent upon them as sources, and therefore do not constitute the oldest code and cannot be taken as the foundation of Hebrew law. The first chapter reviews the history of rese ... More

Keywords: Babylonian law codes, biblical law, Covenant Code, Deuternomy, diaspora, framework, Hebrew Bible, Hebrew law, Holiness Code, Yahwist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153156
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195153154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Van Seters, author
University of North Carolina