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God, Justice, and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible

Jonathan Burnside


Biblical law has long been seen as the foundational text of Western legal civilization. But what is the real meaning of the lex talionis and what, really, are the Ten Commandments? This book looks at aspects of law and legality in the Bible, from the patriarchal narratives in the Hebrew Bible through to the trials of Jesus in the New Testament. The book questions the biblical texts from the perspective of an academic lawyer and criminologist, and explores the nature of biblical law, legal thinking, and legal institutions by setting the biblical texts in their literary, social, and theological ... More

Keywords: Bible, biblical law, covenant, God, lex talionis, justice, natural law, Ten Commandments, wisdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199759217
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Burnside, author