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By Elliot N. Dorff

This booklet examines biblical and rabbinic legislations as a coherent, carrying on with felony culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislations and the interplay among legislation and morality. ample decisions from fundamental Jewish resources, many newly translated, allow the reader to deal with the culture at once 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 harm legislations and marriage and divorce legislations, the ebook explores jurisprudential concerns vital for any felony process and monitors the first features of Jewish law.

A dwelling Tree may be of detailed curiosity to scholars of legislations and to Jews fascinated about the felony dimensions in their culture. The authors supply enough factors of the assets and their value to make it pointless for the reader to have a heritage in both Jewish reports or legislations.

"This publication is impressive. It offers the appropriate felony resources for comprehending Jewish legislation and extra details (historical, sociological, etc.) for realizing the evolution of Jewish legislation. The authors' reviews are continually transparent and invaluable and regularly insightful. The manuscript isn't just attention-grabbing however it is fascinating. the subject is necessary to Judaic reviews and to old reports mostly. it's the top selection of fabric on Jewish legislation on hand within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, kingdom college of latest York at Albany

"What i love such a lot approximately this booklet is the breadth of remedy with no sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. this can be a high quality English language advent to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , college of Maryland at school Park

"A residing Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly viewpoint, the best ebook of its style on hand this present day. the original gains of this e-book make it a priceless contribution to the scholarship of the sphere. certainly, in lots of methods, we'd anticipate that this publication becomes the traditional English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown college legislation middle

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The text also contains a variety of legal forms. Is it a single, coherent document or a series of quitc different pieces? Compare the text of chapters 19 and 20 with chapters 21 through 23. Note how the text goes from the sublime, all-encompassing mandates of the Ten Commandments to very specific, almost mundane matters. Two distinct styles of legal expression arc presented in the code, apodictic and casuistic. " The casuistic form begins with thc words "If ... " or "When ... " It appears to be the report of a specific situation followed by a ruling.

Topic One: Biblical Law B iblical materials are a natural starting place for any discussion of Jewish law. The biblical books contain the basic legal norms the tradition holds to be part of the covenant between God and Israel. The legal content of the Bible comes to be regarded in later periods as a constitutional body of doctrine that is of unique authority because of its Divine authorship. This material thus forms the literary core upon which later Jewish law is built. The study of biblical law is concerned primarily with the extensive collection of codes, commandments, and cases reported in four of the books of the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses).

Is it a single, coherent document or a series of quitc different pieces? Compare the text of chapters 19 and 20 with chapters 21 through 23. Note how the text goes from the sublime, all-encompassing mandates of the Ten Commandments to very specific, almost mundane matters. Two distinct styles of legal expression arc presented in the code, apodictic and casuistic. " The casuistic form begins with thc words "If ... " or "When ... " It appears to be the report of a specific situation followed by a ruling.

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