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

By Elliot N. Dorff

This booklet examines biblical and rabbinic legislation as a coherent, carrying on with felony culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislations and the interplay among legislation and morality. ample choices from fundamental Jewish assets, many newly translated, allow the reader to deal with the culture at once as a dwelling physique of legislation with emphasis at the issues which are basic for legal professionals, legislators, and judges. via an in-depth exam of private harm legislations and marriage and divorce legislations, the booklet explores jurisprudential matters vital for any criminal procedure and monitors the first features of Jewish law.

A residing Tree should be of specified curiosity to scholars of legislations and to Jews interested by the criminal dimensions in their culture. The authors offer adequate factors of the resources and their value to make it pointless for the reader to have a history in both Jewish reports or legislation.

"This ebook is brilliant. It offers the correct criminal assets for comprehending Jewish legislation and extra details (historical, sociological, etc.) for knowing the evolution of Jewish legislations. The authors' reviews are continuously transparent and useful and regularly insightful. The manuscript is not just fascinating however it is fascinating. the subject is critical to Judaic stories and to old experiences usually. it's the most sensible number of fabric on Jewish legislations to be had within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, nation college of recent York at Albany

"What i love so much approximately this booklet is the breadth of remedy with no sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. it is a nice English language advent to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , college of Maryland in school Park

"A dwelling Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly point of view, the best publication of its style on hand this day. the original positive factors of this publication make it a helpful contribution to the scholarship of the sector. certainly, in lots of methods, we'd anticipate that this booklet becomes the normal English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown collage legislation middle

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A History of the lewish People (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1976)-a compilation of extensive, thorough monographs on Jewish social history; Leo W. , The lews: Their History, Culture, and Religion, 4th ed. (New York: Schocken, 1949, 1970)-a rich collection of essays on many aspects of Jewish history, culture, and religion. D. COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT JEWISH LAW Jews and Christians often labor under a number of misconceptions about Jewish law, and it is important to dispel some of the more common ones at the very beginning.

Writings The third major division of the Tanakh, the Ketuvim, or "Writings," consists of historical books tracing the history of the people from the death of Moses to the restoration after the Babylonian exile. The Ketuvim also includes poetic and wisdom literature-Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes (Kohelct), Job, Jonah, and Esther. For a number of generations, books were added and dropped from the collection of sacred texts before it took final shape. We know of other popular books, such as Tobit, Judith, Maccabees, and Ecclesiasticus (The Wisdom of Ben Sira) that circulated among the people at the same time as books that were later included in the Ketuvim section.

117] You shall not tolerate [literally, "let live"] a sorceress. [18] Whoever lies with a beast shall be put to death. 119] Whoever sacrifices to a god other than the LORD alone shall be proscribed ]see Lev. 27:29]. 120] You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 121] You shall not mistreat any widow or orphan. 122]1£ you do mistreat them, I will heed their outcry as soon as they cry out to Me, 1231 and My anger shall blaze forth and I will put you to the sword, and your own wives shall bccome widows and your children orphans.

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