Religion 21 Professor Niditch Ancient Israel Chapin 114



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Oct. 12: No Class
Goals:

1. To study three major OT law codes, their forms and possible origins.

2. To compare OT law codes to other ancient Near Eastern legal corpora.

3. To ask: How do the concerns expressed by individual laws reflect particular sociological situations?

4. To explore the intricacies and implications of priestly material in Leviticus.
Oct. 5:
A. Introduction
Required Reading:

1. Edward L. Greenstein, "Biblical Law" in Holtz, Back to the Sources, 83-104 (reserve or buy).



  1. Niditch, Ancient Israelite Religion, 70-98 (reserve or buy).

  2. King and Stager, Life, 36-61.

B. Natural Law: The Ten Commandments


Required Reading:

1. Ex 20:1-17; Deut 5.

2. D. Hillers, Covenant, 25-71 (reserve or buy).

3. J. B. Pritchard, Ancient Near Eastern Texts, (ANET), 203-206 (on reserve).

C. Civil and Criminal Law: The Extension of the Stipulations




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