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Book of the Covenant
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Following Exod 24:7, the law collection in Exod 20:22–23:13(19) is termed the Book of the Covenant. The oldest legal corpus in the Old Testament, dating to the middle to late monarchial period, although pre-deuteronomic, the Book of the Covenant was edited together from several originally independent, smaller, thematically self-contained collections, such as the collection on capital law (Exod 21:12–17), which deals with capital crimes, violence against one's parents, and kidnappi…

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Otto, Eckart, “Book of the Covenant”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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