Item description for The Laws of Yahweh: A Handbook of Biblical Law by William J. Doorly...
Overview In this important book that will be a unique addition to the reference shelf of Bible students of all levels, author William Doorly has provided lists of the laws found in the Old Testament, with explanatory background on each of the lists. The Laws of Yahweh contains separate essays presenting a literary analysis of the content of the four distinct law collections : --The Covenant Code --The Deuteronomic Code --The Holiness Code --The Priestly Code Following the essays is a listing of the 613 laws of Rabbinic tradition, supplemental essays, suggestions for further reading, and an index by key words of all the laws of the Torah.
Publishers Description A collection and explanation of the laws found in the Old Testament.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809140373 ISBN13 9780809140374
Reviews - What do customers think about The Laws of Yahweh: A Handbook of Biblical Law?
Simultaneously helpful & disappointing Dec 25, 2004
This book is helpful in that it is well-organized, systematic, easy-to-read and chock full of lists (39pp) [which the author calls "indexes"] and 27 charts. At the same time, it's a disappointment in that it is based totally on the JEPD theory understanding of the OT's development and so, dismisses outright much of the OT as unhistorical. Example: "The references to the reading of the law by Josiah and Ezra are historical. The references to Moses and Joshua are theological projections into Israel's re-created past." (p.134)
I bought this book to use as a resource as I taught a Bible class series on the commands of the OT Law. The lists ("indexes") and some quotes (statistics, etc.) have been a real aid, but I'm still searching for a listing of the OT Law that: (a) groups the laws by subject/topic (worship, justice, the land, etc.), not by Biblical book or supposed "authors" (JEPD) and (b) takes the historical record of the Bible seriously.
A helpful primer on Hebrew law Jul 10, 2003
I liked this book because it really helped to get me up-to-speed on the location and contents of the major legal collections in the Pentateuch. Though some of Doorly's biases come through, he presents a mostly balanced approach to different issues that arise with studies of the Pentateuch's legal collections. It is a quick read because, as the subtitle says, the book is actually a "handbook". It contains many helpful charts and lists, including a list of 613 laws of rabbinical tradition that is very valuable. The chapter on the administration of justice in ancient Israel provides a great resource when reading the history books in the Bible. This handbook is a quick reference guide if you are studying Ancient Near East or Hebrew laws or are just interested in learning more about them.