A Living Tree: The Roots and Growth of Jewish Law by Elliot N. Dorff

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By Elliot N. Dorff

This ebook examines biblical and rabbinic legislation as a coherent, carrying on with criminal culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislation and the interplay among legislation and morality. considerable decisions from basic Jewish resources, many newly translated, let the reader to deal with the culture without delay as a residing physique of legislation with emphasis at the matters which are fundamental for legal professionals, legislators, and judges. via an in-depth exam of private damage legislation and marriage and divorce legislations, the ebook explores jurisprudential concerns very important for any felony procedure and monitors the first features of Jewish law.

A dwelling Tree can be of exact curiosity to scholars of legislation and to Jews excited about the felony dimensions in their culture. The authors supply enough causes of the assets and their importance to make it pointless for the reader to have a heritage in both Jewish experiences or legislations.

"This booklet is fabulous. It presents the suitable criminal assets for comprehending Jewish legislation and extra info (historical, sociological, etc.) for realizing the evolution of Jewish legislation. The authors' reviews are consistently transparent and important and regularly insightful. The manuscript isn't just fascinating however it is intriguing. the subject is critical to Judaic reports and to old stories mostly. it's the most sensible number of fabric on Jewish legislations to be had within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, nation college of recent York at Albany

"What i love so much approximately this ebook is the breadth of therapy with out sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. it is a wonderful English language creation to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , college of Maryland at school Park

"A dwelling Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly standpoint, the best publication of its sort on hand this day. the original beneficial properties of this ebook make it a useful contribution to the scholarship of the sector. certainly, in lots of methods, we might count on that this publication turns into the normal English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown college legislation heart

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In the Negev, Beersheva was the strategic center then, as it has remained ever since. In Abraham's time, Sodom and Gemorah and other towns flourished at the southern end of the Dead Sea. Recent excavations have supplied support for the biblical story of their catastrophic end. Abraham and his family, including his nephew, Lot, lived a seminomadic life that required a clear and simple chain of command within 18 BIBLICAL LA W the community. The basic social unit in this patriarchal society was the clan.

8:13-18) of a public reading of the Torah which included how to celebrate the festival of Sukkot, a practice the text indicates the people did not know before. E. and have remained outside the Jewish community ever since, accept the Torah as it was written at that time as holy text. 2. ), the institution of prophecy flourished. Divinely inspired persons were a major source of religious, moral, and, to a lesser degree, legal and political instruction. The second division of the Tanakh is made up of books from the prophetic era.

1231 Do not ascend My altar by steps, that your nakedness may not be exposed upon it. Chapter 21: These are the norms that yuu shall set before them: 121 When you acquire a Hebrew slavc, he shall serve six years; in thc seventh year he shall be freed, without paymcnt. 131 If he came sll1g1e, he shall leave singlc; if hc had a wife, his wife shalllcave with him. 141 If his master gave him a wife, and she has borne him childrcn, the wife and her children shall belong to the master, and he shall leave alone.

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