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Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi

David P. Wright


Most scholars believe that the numerous similarities between the Covenant Code (Exodus 20:23–23:19) and Mesopotamian law collections, especially the Laws of Hammurabi, which date to around 1750 BCE, are due to oral tradition that extended from the second to the first millennium. This book offers a new understanding of the Covenant Code, arguing that it depends directly and primarily upon the Laws of Hammurabi and that the use of this source text occurred during the Neo-Assyrian period, sometime between 740–640 BCE, when Mesopotamia exerted strong and continuous political and cultural influence ... More

Keywords: Torah, Pentateuch, Covenant Code, Hammurabi, Ten Commandments, Decalogue, imperialism, Mesopotamian history, Ancient Near East, Moses, Cuneiform literature, Revelation, inner-biblical exegesis

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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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David P. Wright, author
Brandeis University
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