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The word halakhah means “law” and is used in rabbinic (Rabbi) literature to denote the law or custom accepted in Jewish practice and formulated in rabbinic tradition, in the sense of both an individual law and of the prevailing law. The concept is relevant to early Christianity insofar as the latter evidences elements of Jewish law.


According to a popular etymology, the phrase halakhah derives from the Hebre…

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Tomson, Peter J., “Halakhah”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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