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An Introduction to Biblical Law
PAPERBACK; Published: 5/12/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6865-7
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."