The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law offers the most up-to-date and extensive treatment of biblical law attempted in a comparable genre. The work focuses biblical law, its nature, collections, and genres, such as the Book of the Covenant, the Deuteronomic Code, the Decalogue/Ten Commandments, testimony and witnesses, trial procedure, judges, law in the New Testament, etc. It also focuses on the ancient contexts of biblical law, such as everyday law in ancient Israel, the Middle Assyrian Laws, the Laws of Lipit-Ishtar, Greco-Roman law, the Twelve Tablets, Early Jewish Law, etc. Lastly, it includes the afterlife and influence of biblical law, especially via and on English Common Law and jurisprudence in the United States.
Brent A. Strawn is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, where he is also associated professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies as well as an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He is the author of What Is Stronger than a Lion? Leonine Image and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and over 100 articles, essays, and reviews. He is also editor or coeditor of eight other volumes, with two more in production (The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness and The World Around the Old Testament).
Editorial Board ; Editorial and Production Staff ; List of Articles ; Series Introduction ; Preface ; Abbreviations Used in This Work ; A-Z Entries ; Topical Outline of Contents ; Directory of Contributors ; Index