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Author Wilf, Steven Robert.

Title The law before the law / Steven Wilf.

Published Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  296.18 WILF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 236 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Graven images.
Graven images (Lanham, Md.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-228) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Why Legal Prehistory Matters -- Ch. 2. In the Beginning was the Nomos -- Ch. 3. Did the Patriarchs Know the Torah? -- Ch. 4. The Giving of the Commandments at Marah -- Ch. 5. Law as Collective Memory -- Conclusion: The Once and Future Law.
Summary "This book is a study in the law that exists before a founding moment of law-giving. More specifically, it looks at one foundational moment, the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and examines how Hebrew commentators have envisioned what existed prior to receiving the commandments." "How do legal systems negotiate law enacted before their founding? The Law Before the Law examines nearly two millennia of responses by commentators to this problem. Pre-law, as it might be called, became the repository of an alternative legal tradition. Scattered, often fragmentary discussions of the law before the law were a commonplace in the Jewish legal tradition. Often involving conjecture and imaginative reconstructions of legal arguments, these discussions were a laboratory to work out the jurisprudential problems found in ordinary Jewish law. The law before the law was often envisioned as different from law after the founding moment and represented a legalism more oral, more customary, more discretionary, and, above all, more concerned with the psychological question of how a norm-bearing person is created."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Jewish law -- History -- To 1500.
Jews -- History -- To 1200 B.C.
ISBN 9780739123133 (cloth : alk. paper)
0739123130 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739123140 (paperback: alk. paper)
0739123149 (paperback: alk. paper)