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

By Elliot N. Dorff

This e-book examines biblical and rabbinic legislations as a coherent, carrying on with criminal culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislations and the interplay among legislation and morality. plentiful choices from basic Jewish assets, many newly translated, let the reader to deal with the culture without delay as a residing physique of legislations with emphasis at the issues which are basic for attorneys, legislators, and judges. via an in-depth exam of non-public damage legislation and marriage and divorce legislations, the booklet explores jurisprudential matters very important for any felony procedure and monitors the first features of Jewish law.

A dwelling Tree might be of designated curiosity to scholars of legislations and to Jews involved in the criminal dimensions in their culture. The authors supply adequate reasons of the resources and their importance to make it pointless for the reader to have a history in both Jewish experiences or legislation.

"This e-book is brilliant. It presents the suitable criminal resources for comprehending Jewish legislations and extra info (historical, sociological, etc.) for knowing the evolution of Jewish legislations. The authors' reviews are consistently transparent and priceless and regularly insightful. The manuscript is not just fascinating however it is intriguing. the subject is necessary to Judaic stories and to old experiences more often than not. it's the top choice of fabric on Jewish legislation to be had within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, kingdom collage of latest York at Albany

"What i admire such a lot approximately this booklet is the breadth of therapy with no sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. it is a tremendous English language creation to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , collage of Maryland at school Park

"A residing Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly viewpoint, the best booklet of its style on hand this present day. the original beneficial properties of this ebook make it a precious contribution to the scholarship of the sector. certainly, in lots of methods, we'd count on that this publication turns into the normal English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown collage legislations middle

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The code should not be seen as merely secular law in the modern sense, and the text will not permit you to read it that way. Many important religious tenets are contained in the code, not the least of which is the principle of law observance itself. The source of the law is not an earthly being, a king or prophet, but God Himself, who reveals law directly. Stemming from this belief in God's law are notions that justice is an all-encompassing principle. The obligation of just dealing insisted on in the code is not limited to the male members of the clan, but extends to women, slaves, strangers, and animals.

Before turning our attention to these codes, however, it is worth noting that the descriptions of the earlier patriarchal period in the first book of the Pentateuch, the Book of Genesis, also contain clear evidence that the society of those early times had developed sophisticated legal institutions. Throughout this book, biblical translations without further reference will be from the Jewish Publication Society editions: The Torah (1962); The Prophets (1978); and The Writings (1982). At a number of points a substitute translation from a Catholic publication, The Jerusalem Bible (1966), or from a Protestant translation, The New English Bible (1961) has been used.

F7I Then he took the record of the covenant and read it aloud to the people. " 19] Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascended; 110] and they saw the God of Israel: under His feet there was the likeness of a pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity. ] of the Israelites; they beheld God, and they ate and drank. " 113] So Moses and his attendant Joshua arose, and Moses ascended the mountain of God. 114] To the elders he had said, "Wait here for liS until we return to you.

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