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Law - Biblical
(5,522 words)

Part of Law:

1. Biblical

2. Theology and Moral Theology

3. Rule of Law

4. Philosophy of Law

A. Old testament

1. The character of the Old Testament collections of laws. As used to designate certain sections of the ОТ the term “law” is derived from the rendering of תורה by νόμος in the LXX and NT. Originally torah means direction and instruction in general. Thus it is found in the Wisdom literature in the sense of instruction given by elders (Prov 1:8; 6:20) and sages. In the earlier strata of the Pentateuch the…

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Klaus Berger, “Law - Biblical”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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