The Law Before the Law

The Law Before the Law

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This book is a study in the law that exists before the beginnings of law. It looks at one foundational moment, the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Drawing upon nearly two thousand years of Hebrew commentary, often scattered and fragmentary, The Law Before the Law seeks to reconstruct imaginative understandings of how Hebrew commentators visualized what existed prior to receiving the commandments.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 635.03g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739123130
  • 9780739123133

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter One: Why Legal Prehistory Matters Chapter 3 Chapter Two: In the Beginning Was the Nomos Chapter 4 Chapter Three: Did the Patriarchs Know the Torah? Chapter 5 Chapter Four: The Giving of the Commandments at Marah Chapter 6 Chapter Five: Law as Collective Memory Chapter 7 Conclusion: The Once and Future Law
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Review quote

Mentioneddddd Law & Social Inquiry, Winter 2010 Steven Wilf has produced a profoundly interesting and important book that will long engage students of Jewish law, legal theory and practice, hermeneutics, and cultural history. It provocatively upsets, or at least problematizes, some conventional wisdoms regarding the original authority of foundational legal documents and moments, by entering the imaginative nomo-narrative worlds that both challenge and sustain them. Its subject is timely and timeless. -- Steven D. Fraade, Yale University Mentioned Law & Social Inquiry, Winter 2010
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About Professor Steven Wilf

Steven Wilf is professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
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