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Adoption

Adoption   Reference library

Pamela Barmash

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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Religion, Law
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5,559 words

Adoption can be defined as the establishment of a kinship relationship, usually as parent and child, between two individuals who

Amnesty and Reform Texts

Amnesty and Reform Texts   Reference library

Pamela Barmash

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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Religion, Law
Length:
3,521 words

Amnesty and reform texts were edicts decreed by a king that intervened in economy and society, invalidating loans, pledges, and

Ancient Near Eastern Law

Ancient Near Eastern Law   Reference library

Pamela Barmash

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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The oldest documented law comes from the ancient Near East. The earliest legal texts come from about 2600 b.c.e.,

Animals

Animals   Reference library

Phillip Michael Sherman

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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Religion, Law
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5,783 words

Animals are both the objects and subjects of legal concern in biblical texts. This fact must be underscored as it

Asylum

Asylum   Reference library

John F. Quant

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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3,717 words

“Asylum” refers to a place of refuge available to one who has committed a crime. In the Old Testament legislation

Biblical Law

Biblical Law   Reference library

Bruce Wells and Robert Matthew Calhoun

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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15,027 words

This entry contains two subentries: Hebrew Bible; and New Testament.

Blessing and Cursing

Blessing and Cursing   Reference library

Christopher G. Frechette

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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Religion, Law
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3,513 words

Blessing and cursing comprise an antithetical pair of cross-cultural and panhistorical phenomena in which language is directed to affect an

Bloodguilt and Blood Feud

Bloodguilt and Blood Feud   Reference library

Assnat Bartor

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
Subject:
Religion, Law
Length:
3,700 words

To destroy a human life is the greatest sin. Bloodguilt is the culpability and accountability incurred when life is unjustifiably

Book of the Covenant

Book of the Covenant   Reference library

Eckart Otto

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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Religion, Law
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5,919 words
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The title “Book of the Covenant”—or, the designation used below, the “Covenant Code”—is derived from Exodus 24:7, which describes

Byzantine Empire, Later

Byzantine Empire, Later   Reference library

John Anthony McGuckin

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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2015
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Religion, Law
Length:
5,937 words

“Byzantine” is a term used by eighteenth-century European scholars to discuss medieval Eastern Christian Roman affairs and has become standard

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