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An Introduction to Biblical Law
POD; Published: 5/12/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6865-7
Price: $ 28.99
286 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Informed, accessible textbook on law collections in the Pentateuch

In this book William Morrow surveys four major law collections in Exodus–Deuteronomy and shows how they each enabled the people of Israel to create and sustain a community of faith.

Treating biblical law as dynamic systems of thought facilitating ancient Israel's efforts at self-definition, Morrow describes four different social contexts that gave rise to biblical law: (1) Israel at the holy mountain (the Ten Commandments); (2) Israel in the village assembly (Exodus 20:22–23:19); (3) Israel in the courts of the Lord (priestly and holiness rules in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers); and (4) Israel in the city (Deuteronomy).

Including forthright discussion of such controversial subjects as slavery, revenge, gender inequality, religious intolerance, and contradictions between bodies of biblical law, Morrow's study will help students and other serious readers make sense out of texts in the Pentateuch that are often seen as obscure.
Bernard M. Levinson
— University of Minnesota
"It is hard to imagine a clearer or more accessible introduction to biblical law. This is the product of a mature voice that offers a significant bridge between careful scholarship and theologically engaged readers. An impressive achievement."
Cheryl B. Anderson
— Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"William Morrow's Introduction to Biblical Law is the book that we have needed in this field. It summarizes the major law collections, covers the key interpretive methods used, and discusses contemporary applications. It is significant that this resource incorporates theological considerations, including New Testament parallels. Such content, along with the clear writing and lack of arcane language, means that Morrow's book can be used in congregational settings as well as academic ones. I am certainly looking forward to using it in my classes."
Bruce Wells
— Saint Joseph's University
"Morrow is an outstanding biblical scholar and ideally suited to write this book. It's accessible and insightful, and it doesn't shy away from difficult scholarly or interpretive issues. While many people prefer the stories of the Pentateuch, Morrow demonstrates how fascinating and compelling the 'water from Sinai' (read the intro!) can be."

Review of Biblical Literature
"Morrow's book will be a useful guide particularly for readers seeking an accessible introduction to familiarize themselves with Old Testament legal texts."

Journal of Faith and the Academy
"An accessible and informative textbook dedicated to one method of analysis in order to uncover the intended meaning and purpose of the authors of the Pentateuch. Biblical studies and theology are difficult disciplines to master. Any student who wishes to enter into either world would do well to begin with Morrow's introductory survey."
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"William Morrow has produced a valuable resource for the study of biblical law. He has crafted a work that is simplistic enough to be accessible to the beginning student or interested layperson, yet insightful enough to be beneficial to the learned scholar."
Benjamin J. Noonan in Bulletin for Biblical Research
"An Introduction to Biblical Law is well-written and easy to read. It contains a number of sidebars, charts, and diagrams that illustrate points in the main text. These features make the book quite accessible. The book’s broad scope also contributes to its usefulness as an introductory work on biblical law. Morrow’s discussion of each biblical law code, which presents representative laws from each code in light of their whole, strikes a good balance between the big picture and the details that fit within that framework."


"In this thorough yet accessible introduction,

William S. Morrow sets out to provide a 

source that 'will be useful to students in seminaries

and lay people in the church' (p. 9), a

goal that he achieves admirably."

Evangelical Review of Theology
"Students and laypersons will find this to be an enjoyable, informative, and challenging read, and will walk away with an understanding of the important issues regarding biblical legal material, as well as the depth and complexity of this corpus of biblical literature."