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abortion

abortion  

There is no actual prohibition in the Bible against aborting a foetus. Nevertheless, in the unanimously accepted Jewish consensus, abortion is a very serious offence, though foeticide is not treated ...
asylum

asylum  

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Safe haven and protection from persecution, particularly for a refugee.
betrothal

betrothal  

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A free promise of future marriage between two persons. In many countries formal betrothal before witnesses is customary, but in England the Church has ceased to exercise any authority in the matter. ...
Child Custody

Child Custody  

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For many years, English law followed the Roman tradition of treating minor children as their father’s responsibility. Because he was responsible for their support, education, and protection, the ...
convīvium

convīvium  

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The Roman convivium was modelled on the Etruscan version of the Greek symposium. These Italian feasts differed from their Greek prototypes in four important respects: citizen women were present; ...
divorce

divorce  

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The legal termination of a marriage and the obligations created by marriage, other than by a decree of nullity or presumption of death.
family Law

family Law  

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A wide area of law which concerns family, domestic or personal relationships and regulation of the breakdown of those relationships. Primary concerns are the welfare of children and the resolution ...
Fornication

Fornication  

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Various kinds of irregular sexual relationships are covered by this word but the OT takes a fairly relaxed view of most of them. Rahab the harlot is far from being stigmatized (Josh. 2); she comes in ...
heterosexuality

heterosexuality  

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(het-er-oh-seks-yoo-al-iti)the pattern of sexuality in which sexual behaviour and thinking are directed towards people of the opposite sex.—heterosexual adj., n.
Karet

Karet  

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(Heb., ‘cutting off’).Punishment from God. Karet is defined as premature death (Sifra, Emor 14. 4) and more particularly as ‘death at the age of fifty’ (BMK 28a). The Mishnah ...
Kurahit

Kurahit  

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(Pañjābī, ‘misdeed’).Offences against the Sikh rahit, the khālsā code of discipline. They are removing or trimming hair from any part of the body, eating halal meat, committing adultery, and using ...
Law and the Bible.

Law and the Bible.  

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Municipal or national law is the set of rules that, within a state, orders its affairs and those of persons under its jurisdiction, and which, when necessary, is enforced by ...
love

love  

Love me little, love me long love of great intensity is unlikely to last; proverbial saying, early 16th century.love me, love my dog proverbial saying, early 16th century; St Bernard in a sermon says ...
maiestas

maiestas  

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(lit. ‘greaterness’), used as an abbreviation for the crime maiestas minūta populī Rōmānī, ‘the diminution of the majesty of the Roman people’. This charge was first introduced by Appuleius ...
Malatesta family

Malatesta family  

Leading family of the area between the Italian regions of Romagna and the Marche between the 13th and 15th centuries. It developed lordships over an area comprising Rimini, Cesena, and ...
Mamzer

Mamzer  

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(Heb., ‘bastard’).Jewish person conceived as the result of an illicit union. A mamzer is a child conceived by a married woman with a man other than her husband, or ...
marital breakdown

marital breakdown  

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The deterioration of a marriage to such an extent that the court will grant a divorce. The breakdown must be irretrievable. Under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 this can be evidenced only by ...
marriage

marriage  

Marriage is a lottery proverbial saying, mid 17th century, referring either to one's choice of partner, or more generally to the element of chance involved in how a marriage will turn out.Marriage of ...
marriage law

marriage law  

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GreekMarriage in Greece was a process of transfer, by which the kӯrios (‘controller’) of a woman (normally her father; if he had died, her nearest adult male relative) gave her away to another man ...
Model Penal Code

Model Penal Code  

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While each of the American states has its own criminal code, more than two‐thirds of those codes are based upon the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute. The ...

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