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Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean: From Antiquity to Early Islam

Anselm C. Hagedorn and Reinhard G. Kratz


How was it possible that Greeks often wrote their laws on the walls of their temples, but — in contrast to other ancient societies — never transformed these written civic laws into a religious law? Did it matter whether laws were inscribed in stone, clay, or on a scroll? And above all, how did written law shape a society in which the majority population was illiterate? This book addresses the similarities and differences in the role played by law and religion in various societies across the Eastern Mediterranean. The book approaches these subjects in an all-encompassing manner, looking in deta ... More

Keywords: Greeks, temples, civic laws, religion, Eastern Mediterranean

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550234
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550234.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anselm C. Hagedorn, editor
Privatdozent, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Reinhard G. Kratz, editor
Professor of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

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