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Injustice made Legal: Deuteronomic Law and the Plight of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in Ancient Israel (Bible in Its World) [Paperback]

By Harold V. Bennett (Author)
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The scriptural laws dealing with widows, strangers, and orphans are conventionally viewed as rules meant to aid the plight of vulnerable persons in ancient Israelite society. In Justice Made Legal Harold V. Bennett challenges this perspective, arguing instead that key sanctions found in Deuteronomy were actually drafted by a powerful elite to enhance their own material condition and keep the peasantry down. Building his provocative case on a careful analysis of life in the ancient world and on his understanding of critical law theory, Bennett views Deuteronomic law through the eyes of the needy in Israelite society. His unique approach uncovers the previously neglected link between politico-economic interests and the formulation of law. The result is a new understanding of law in the Hebrew Bible and the ways it worked to support and maintain the dehumanization of widows, strangers, and orphans in the biblical community. This daring work is necessary reading for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible, ancient history, or social justice issues.

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"The scriptural laws dealing with widows, strangers, and orphans are conventionally viewed as rules meant to aid the plight of vulnerable persons in ancient Israelite society. In Injustice Made Legal Harold V. Bennett challenges this perspective, arguing instead that key sanctions found in Deuteronomy were actually drafted by a powerful elite to enhance their own material condition and keep the peasantry down." Building his case on a careful analysis of life in the ancient world and on his understanding of critical law theory, Bennett views Deuteronomic law through the eyes of the needy in Israelite society. His unique approach uncovers the previously neglected link between politico-economic interests and the formulation of law. The result is a new understanding of law in the Hebrew Bible and the ways it worked to support and maintain the dehumanization of widows, strangers, and orphans in the biblical community.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2002
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series  Bible In Its World  
ISBN  0802825745  
ISBN13  9780802825742  


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More About Harold V. Bennett


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Assistant professor of religion at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.

Harold V. Bennett currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. Harold V. Bennett was born in 1962.

Harold V. Bennett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bible in Its World (Paperback)


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