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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

Editor in Chief: Brent Strawn

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (OEBL) provides the most up-to-date and extensive treatment of the Bible and law yet attempted, both updating and expanding the scope of previous scholarship in the field. In comprehensive overviews, scholars at the forefront of biblical studies and law address three foci: biblical law itself—its nature, collections, and genres; the ancient contexts of biblical law, throughout the ancient Mediterranean (ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Early Jewish); and the afterlife and influence of biblical law in antiquity and in modern jurisprudence around the world. Essays include treatments of the Book of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, Greek Law, and the Laws of Hammurapi, but also testimony and witness, property, ritual, rhetoric, gender, and sexual legislation.

The two-volume Encyclopedia contains 130 entries ranging in length from 3,000 to 7,000 words. With bibliographic references and suggestions for further reading, each entry provides a thorough overview of the topic and serves as an entrance point to further original research for both seasoned scholars and beginning students. Given its full-orbed exploration of biblical law and its detailed summary of current scholarship, the OEBL is guaranteed to secure a privileged place in the history of biblical and legal scholarship.

Published by Oxford University Press, 2015.


Table of Contents

Administrative Law
Adoption
Amnesty and Reform Texts
Ancient Near Eastern Law
Animals
Asylum
Biblical Law
Blasphemy
Blessing and Cursing
Bloodguilt and Blood Feud
Book of the Covenant
Byzantine Empire, Later
Calendar and Festivals
Capital Punishment
Children
Citizenship
Civil Law
Class
Codes of Rabbinic Law
Commandments
Constitutional Law
Contemporary Jewish Religious Movements
Contracts
Courts
Covenant
Covenant Code
Crucifixion
Custom
Damages
Dead Sea Scrolls
Debts, Loans, and Surety
Decalogue
Decision Texts
Deeds of Sale and Transfer
Deposit and Pledge
Deuteronomic Law
Disability
Divorce
Early Christianity
Early Modern Period
Egyptian Legal Texts
Elders
Elephantine Legal Texts
Epigraphic Texts
Ethics
Everyday Law
Evidence
Family
Food and Meals
Gender
Geonic Law
Germanic Period
Golden Rule
Greek Law
Halakha/Rabbinic Law
Hire
Historical Records
Hittite Laws
Holiness Code and Writings
Homicide
Inheritance
Injury and Assault
Intention
International Law
Islam
Israel, State of
Jewish Traditions
Judges
Justice
Labor
Law in the Prophets
Law in the Writings
Laws of Eshnunna
Laws of Hammurapi
Laws of Lipit-Ishtar
Laws of Ur-Namma
Leases
Legal Experts
Legal Institutions
Legal Revision
Legal Rhetoric
Legal Status
Legal Symbolism
Lex Talionis
Liturgy
Magic
Marriage
Medieval Period
Methods in Studying Ancient Law
Middle Assyrian Laws
Midrash
Military Crimes
Mishnah
Mitzvah
Modern Legal Traditions
Monarchy and Administration
Narrative
Negligence
Neo-Babylonian Laws
Nuzi Texts
Oaths and Vows
Oracles
Ordeal
Perjury and Slander
Persian Law
Priestly Law
Property
Punishment and Restitution
Purity
Release from Debt
Religious Offenses
Reproduction
Responsa Literature
Righteousness
Ritual
Roman Law
Sabbath
Samaria Papyri
Same-Sex Relations
Sanhedrin
Scribes and Scribalism
Sermon on the Mount
Service
Sexual Legislation
Slavery
Sociology of Law
Spanish Neo-Scholasticism
Status
Suicide
Talion
Talmud
Taxation
Temple
Testimony and Witness
Theft
Theology of Law
Torts
Trade
Trial of Jesus
Trial Procedure
Widows
Witchcraft and Sorcery
Women

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