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Inventing God's Law
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1. Introduction: The Basic Thesis and Background Part I: Primary Evidence for Dependence: Sequential Correspondences and Date 2. The Casuistic Laws 3. The Apodictic Laws 4. Date and Opportunity for the Use of Hammurabi's and Other Cuneiform Laws Part II: Compositional Logic of the Covenant Code 5. Debt-Slavery and the Seduction of a Maiden (Exodus 21:2-11; 22:15-16) 6. Homicide, Injury, Miscarriage, Talion (Exodus 21:12, 18-27) 7. Child Rebellion, Kidnapping, Sorcery, Bestiality, Illicit Sacrifice (Exodus 21:12-17; 22:17-19) 8. The Goring Ox and Negligence (Exodus 21:28-36) 9. Animal Theft, Crop Destruction, Deposit, and Burglary (Exodus 21:37-22:8) 10. Animal Injury, Death, and Rental (Exodus 22:9-14) 11. The Themes and Ideology of the Apodictic Laws (Exodus 20:23-26; 21:1; 22:20-23:19) 12. Redactional Growth in the Apodictic Laws and the Covenant Code's Relationship to the Exodus Narrative 13. Conclusions

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Professor of Bible and Ancient Near East, Brandeis University

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"An excellent repository of research on the CC [Covenant Code] and the LH [Laws of Hammurabi]. In sum, this work is controversial in the best sense of the word: it will surely stimulate debate on the comparative method in studying not only the CC and LH but other texts as well."--The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "...intriguing..."--Bruce Wells, Saint Joseph's University ''...the value of Wright's contribution cannot be overestimated. He offers the scholar in the field a valuable tool for further work which includes all the relevant sources, thoroughly discussed and analyzed. He conveniently outlines the issues and problems involved in the study [of the Covenant's Code], while highlighting the main discussions and solutions. Finally he also provides a thorough review of the vast literature in the field, again for the convenience of the reader.'' ---Strata ''Wright has made a major contribution to our understanding of the composition of CC even if one accepts only the barest bones version of his thesisEL.No account of the history of CC's composition will any longer be able to be written without reference to and deep engagement with Wright's work, whether one agrees with him or not. Such is the mark of the truly meaningful contributions to scholarship, and Wright's book undoubtedly belongs in such a class.'' ---Review of Biblical Literature

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