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Law
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1. OT

1.1. Term

The idea of law has many nuances in the OT, which we see from the different words used for it. Thus we have mišpāṭı̂m (ordinances), huqqı̂m (statutes), miṣwôt (commandments), dĕbārı̂m (words), and others. These terms cover civil and criminal law and both the ethical and the cultic sphere.

More comprehensively after Deuteronomy we find tôrâ, which originally denoted only the direction of the priest in cultic, legal, and moral questions (Deut. 33:10; Hos. 4:6; Mic. 4:2; Jer. 18:18; Ezek. 7:26; Mal. 2:6–7) but in D…

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Würthwein, Ernst, Hübner, Hans and Peters, Albrecht, “Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 30 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L155>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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