Greek3544. nomikos -- relating to law, learned in the law ... law
, one learned in the Law
Definition: (a) adj: connected with law
, about law
(b) noun: a lawyer, one learned in the Law
, one learned in the Old Testament
. ... //strongsnumbers.com/greek2/3544.htm - 8k
3551. nomos -- that which is assigned, hence usage, law
... of a force or influence impelling to action; of the Mosaic law; meton: of the books
which contain the law, the Pentateuch, the Old Testament scriptures in ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/3551.htm - 7k
On the Church of the Old Testament, or under the Promise
... consideration of these relations, and a suitable comparison and opposition between
the covenant of promise, and the law or the Old Testament, contributes much ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 2/disputation li on the church.htm
On the Sacraments of the Old Testament, the Tree of Life ...
... God to prescribe, to those who were in covenant with him, a law at his ... instituted
and employed; and in this respect circumcision belongs to the Old Testament. ...
/.../the works of james arminius vol 2/disputation lxi on the sacraments.htm
On the Comparison of the Law and the Gospel
... X. But, lest any one should suppose that the Fathers who lived under the law and
the Old Testament, were entirely destitute of grace, faith and eternal life ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 1/disputation 13 on the comparison.htm
The Judicial Severity of Christ and the Tenderness of the Creator ...
... Old Testament Analogies ... The law about lepers had a profound meaning as respects
 the forms of the disease itself, and of the inspection by the high priest ...
/.../the five books against marcion/chapter xxxv the judicial severity of.htm
The Law, and the Prophecy.
... 3. Immediately before the advent of the Messiah the whole Old Testament, the law
and the prophets, Moses and Isaiah together, reappeared for a short season ...
/.../schaff/history of the christian church volume i/section 10 the law and.htm
The New Testament view of the Old Testament
... of Jehovah"prophets, priests, wise men, and even psalmists"were thought competent
to make known the law of Jehovah, but the Old Testament makes it clear ...
/.../eiselen/the christian view of the old testament/chapter i the new testament.htm
The Precept of Loving One's Enemies it is as Much Taught in the ...
... in the Creator's Scriptures of the Old Testament as in ... you which hear" (displaying
here that old injunction, of ...  This purpose  of the law, which it ...
/.../tertullian/the five books against marcion/chapter xvi the precept of loving.htm
Ebedmelech the Ethiopian
... has obscured that identity. The fact of the prominence given to law in the
Old Testament does not affect this. For every effort to ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/ebedmelech the ethiopian.htm
How the Prophets and Holy Men of the Old Testament Knew the Things ...
... 2. How the Prophets and Holy Men of the Old Testament Knew the Things of Christ. ...
Of his fulness we all received, and grace for grace; for the law was given by ...
/.../origen/origens commentary on the gospel of john/2 how the prophets and.htm
Love in the Old Covenant.
... he lays upon the lips of Jesus a charge against the Old Testament which can ... new
commandment" can not be interpreted by making it to oppose the law of Christian ...
/.../kuyper/the work of the holy spirit/xxix love in the old.htm
International Standard Bible EncyclopediaLaw in the Old Testament
LAW IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
" I. TERMS USED
1. Torah ("Law")
2. Synonyms of Torah
(1) Mitswah ("Command")
(2) `Edhah ("Witness," "Testimony")
(3) MishpaTim ("Judgments")
(4) Chuqqim ("Statutes")
(5) Piqqudhim ("Precepts")
II. THE WRITTEN RECORD OF THE LAW
1. The Critical Dating of the Laws
2. Groups of Laws in P (the Priestly Code)
3. The Book of the Covenant
(1) Judgments. Compared with Code of Hammurabi
(2) Basis of Law of Covenant. Earlier Customs
4. The Book of the Law of Deuteronomy 31
5. The Law of Holiness
6. The Final Compilation
III. THE GENERAL CHARACTER AND DESIGN OF THE LAW
1. The Civil Law
(1) Servants and the Poor
(4) Sabbaths and Feasts
2. The Ceremonial Law
(1) Origin of Sacrifice
(2) The Levitical Ritual
(3) The Law Truly a Torah
IV. THE PASSING AWAY OF THE LAW
Law, at least as custom, certainly existed among the Hebrews in the times before Moses, as appears from numerous allusions to it, both in matters civil and ceremonial, in the earlier Scriptures. But we have no distinct account of such law, either as to its full contents or its enactment. Law in the Old Testament practically means the Law promulgated by Moses (having its roots no doubt in this earlier law or custom), with sundry later modifications or additions, rules as to which have been inserted in the record of the Mosaic law.
The following are matters of pre-Mosaic law or custom to which allusion is made in Genesis and Exodus: the offering of sacrifice and the use of altars (Genesis, passim); the religious use of pillars (Genesis 28:18); purification for sacrifice (Genesis 35:2); tithes (Genesis 14:20; Genesis 28:22); circumcision (Genesis 17:10 Exodus 4:25 f); inquiry at a sanctuary (Genesis 25:22); sacred feasts (Exodus 5:1, etc.); priests (Exodus 19:22); sacred oaths (Genesis 14:22); marriage customs (Genesis 16; 24; 25:06:00; 29:16-30); birthright (Genesis 25:31-34); elders (Genesis 24:2; Genesis 50:7 Exodus 3:16); homicide (Genesis 9:6), etc. We proceed at once to the Law of Moses.
I. Terms Used.
The Hebrew word rendered "law" in our Bibles is torah. Other synonymous words either denote (as indeed does torah itself) aspects under which the Law may be regarded, or different classes of law.
1. Torah ("Law"):
Torah is from horah, the Hiphil of yarah. The root meaning is "to throw"; hence, in Hiphil the word means "to point out" (as by throwing out the hand), and so "to direct"; and torah is "direction." Torah may be simply "human direction," as the "law of thy mother" in Proverbs 1:8; but most often in the Old Testament it is the Divine law. In the singular it often means a law, the plural being used in the same sense; but more frequently torah in the singular is the general body of Divinely given law. The word tells nothing as to the way in which the Law, or any part of it, was first given; it simply points out the general purpose of the Law, namely, that it was for the guidance of God's people in the various matters to which it relates. This shows that the end of the Law lay beyond the mere obedience to such and such rules, that end being instruction in the knowledge of God and of men's relation to Him, and guidance in living as the children of such a God as He revealed Himself to be. This is dwelt upon in the later Scriptures, notably in Psalm 19 and Psalm 119.
In the completed Canon of the Old Testament, torah technically denotes the Pentateuch (Luke 24:44) as being that division of the Old Testament Scriptures which contains the text of the Law, and its history down to the death of Moses, the great lawgiver.
2. Synonyms of Torah:
(1) Mitswah ("Command")
Mitswah, "command" (or, in the plural, "commands"), is a term applied to the Law as indicating that it is a charge laid upon men as the expression of God's will, and therefore that it must be obeyed.
(2) `Edhah ("Witness," "Testimony")
`Edhah, "witness" or "testimony" (in plural "testimonies"), is a designation of God's law as testifying the principles of His dealings with His people. So the ark of the covenant is called the "ark of the testimony" (Exodus 25:22), as containing "the testimony" (Exodus 25:16), i.e. the tables of the Law upon which the covenant was based. The above terms are general, applying to the torah at large; the two next following are of more restricted application.
(3) MishpaTim ("Judgments")
MishpaTim, "judgments": MishpaT in the singular sometimes means judgment in an abstract sense, as in Genesis 18:19 Deuteronomy 32:4; sometimes the act of judging, as in Deuteronomy 16:18, 19; Deuteronomy 17:9; Deuteronomy 24:17. But "judgments" (in the plural) is a term constantly used in connection with, and distinction from, statutes, to indicate laws of a particular kind, namely, laws which, though forming part of the torah by virtue of Divine sanction, originated in decisions of judges upon cases brought before them for judgment. See further below.
(4) Chuqqim ("Statutes")
Chuqqim, "statutes" (literally, "laws engraven"), are laws immediately enacted by a lawgiver. "Judgments and statutes" together comprise the whole law (Leviticus 18:4 Deuteronomy 4:1, 8 the King James Version). So also we now distinguish between consuetudinary and statute law.
(5) Piqqudhim ("Precepts")
Piqqudhim, "precepts": This term is found only in the Psalms. It seems to mean rules or counsels provided to suit the various circumstances in which men may be placed. The term may perhaps be meant to apply both to the rules of the actual torah, and to others found, e.g. in the writings of prophets and "wise men."
II. The Written Record of the Law.
The enactment of the Law and its committal to writing must be distinguished. With regard to the former, it is distinctly stated (John 1:17) that "the law was given through Moses"; and though this does not necessarily imply that every regulation found in the Pentateuch is his, a large number of the laws are expressly ascribed to him. As regards the latter, we are distinctly told that Moses wrote certain laws or collections of laws (Exodus 17:14; Exodus 24:4, 7 Deuteronomy 31:9). These, however, form only a portion of the whole legislation; and therefore, whether the remaining portions were written by Moses, or-if not by him-when and by whom, is a legitimate matter of inquiry.
It is not necessary here to discuss the large question of the literary history of the Pentateuch, but it must briefly be touched upon. The Pentateuch certainly appears to have reached its present form by the gradual piecing together of diverse materials. Deuteronomy (D) being a separate composition, a distinction would seem to have been clearly established by critical examination between a number of paragraphs in the remaining books which apparently must once have formed a narrative by themselves, and other paragraphs, partly narrative but chiefly legislative and statistical, which appear to have been subsequently added. Without endorsing any of the critical theories as to the relation of these, one to the other, or as to the dates of their composition, we may, in a general way, accept the analysis, and adopt the well-known symbol JE (Jahwist-Elohim) to distinguish the former, and P (Priestly Code) the latter. Confining ourselves to their legislative contents, we find in JE a short but very important body of law, the Law of the Covenant, stated in full in Exodus 20-23, and repeated as to a portion of it in Exodus 34:10-28. All the rest of the legislation is contained in P and Deuteronomy.
1. The Critical Dating of the Laws:
We are distinctly told in Exodus that the law contained in Exodus 20-23 was given through Moses. Rejecting this statement, critics of the school of Wellhausen affirm that its true date must be placed considerably later than the time of Joshua. They maintain that previous to their conquest of Canaan the Israelites were mere nomads, ignorant of agriculture, the practice of which, as well as their culture in general, they first learned from the conquered Canaanites. Therefore (so they argue), as the law of Exodus 20-23 presupposes the practice of agriculture, it cannot have been promulgated until some time in the period of the Judges at the earliest; they place it indeed in the early period of the monarchy. All this, however, is mere assumption, support for which is claimed in some passages in which a shepherd life is spoken of, but with utter disregard of others which show that both in the patriarchal period and in Egypt the Israelites also cultivated land. See B.D. Eerdmans, "Have the Hebrews Been Nomads?" The Expositor, August and October, 1908. It can indeed be shown that this law was throughout in harmony with what must have been the customs and conceptions of the Israelites at the age of the exodus (Rule, Old Testament Institutions). Professor Eerdmans in his Alttestamentliche Studien, Part III (1910), vigorously defends the Mosaic origin of the Book of the Covenant.
The same critics bring down the date of the legislation of Deuteronomy to the time of Josiah, or at most a few years earlier. They affirm (wrongly) that the chief object of Josiah's reformation narrated in 2 Kings 23 was the centralization of worship at the temple in Jerusalem. They rightly attribute the zeal which carried the reform through to the discovery of the "Book of the Law" (22:8). Then arguing that the frequent previous practice of worship at high places implied the non-existence of any law to the contrary, they conclude that the rule of Deuteronomy 12 was a rule recently laid down by the temple priesthood, and written in a book in Moses' name, this new book being what was "found in the house of Yahweh." But this argument is altogether unsound: its grave difficulties are well set out in Moller's Are the Critics Right? And here again careful study vindicates the Mosaic character of the law of Deuteronomy as a whole and of Deuteronomy 12 in particular. M. Edouard Naville in La decouverte de la loi sous le roi Josias propounds a theory which he supports by a most interesting argument: that the book found was a foundation deposit, which must therefore have been built over by masonry at the erection of the temple by Solomon.
Equally unsound, however plausible, are the arguments which would make the framing of the Levitical ritual the work of the age of Ezra. The difficulties created by this theory are far greater than those which it is intended to remove. On this also see Moller, Are the Critics Right?
Rejecting these theories, it will be assumed in the present article that the various laws are of the dates ascribed to them in the Pentateuch; that whatever may be said as to the date of some "of the laws," all which are therein ascribed to Moses are truly so ascribed.
2. Groups of Laws in P (the Priestly Code):
The laws in P are arranged for the most part in groups, with which narrative is sometimes intermingled. These e.g. are some of the groups: Exodus 25-31; Leviticus 1-7; 15-Nov; Numbers 1-4, etc. The structure and probable history of these groups are very interesting. That many of them must have undergone interpolation appears certain from the following considerations. Each of the groups, and often one or more paragraphs within a group, is headed by a recurring formula, "Yahweh spake unto Moses (or unto Aaron, or unto Moses and Aaron), saying." We might at first expect that the contents of each group or paragraph so headed would consist solely of what Yahweh had said unto Moses or Aaron, but this is not always so. Not infrequently some direction is found within such a paragraph which cannot have been spoken to Moses, but must have come into force at some later date. Unless then we reject the statement of the formula, unless we are prepared to say that Yahweh did not speak unto Moses, we can only conclude that these later directions were at some time inserted by an editor into paragraphs which originally contained Mosaic laws only. That this should have been done would be perfectly natural, when we consider that the purpose of such an editor would be not only to preserve (as has been done) the record of the original Law, but to present a manual of law complete for the use of his age, a manual (to use a modern phrase) made complete to date.
That the passages in question were indeed interpolations appears not only from the fact that their removal rids the text of what otherwise would be grave discrepancies, but because the passages in question sometimes disturb the sequence of the context. Moreover, by thus distinguishing between laws promulgated (as stated) by Moses, and laws to which the formula of statement was not intended to apply, we arrive at the following important result. It is that the former laws can all be shown to be in harmony one with another and with the historical data of the Mosaic age; while the introduction of the later rules is also seen to be what would naturally follow by way of adaptation to the circumstances of later times, and the gradual unfolding of Divine purpose.
It would be much too long a task here to work this out in detail: it has been attempted by the writer of this article in Old Testament Institutions, Their Origin and Development. Two instances, however, may be mentioned.
Instances of interpolation-In Exodus 12:43; (English Revised Version) we read, "This is the ordinance of the passover: there shall no alien eat thereof; but every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat thereof." This was the original Mosaic rule introduced by the formula in 12:43. But in 12:48, 49 it is said that sojourners (when circumcised) may eat of the passover. This was plainly a relaxation of later date, made in accordance with the principle which is enlarged upon in Isaiah 56:3-8.
According to Leviticus 23:34, 39 a, 40-42, the Feast of Tabernacles was a feast of seven days only. This was the Mosaic rule as appears from the formula in 23:33, and in certain other passages. But as a development in the feast's observance, an eighth day was subsequently added, and therefore insertions to that effect were made here at 23:36 and 39b. The introduction of this additional day would be in keeping with that elaboration in the observance of the "set feasts" which we find in Numbers 28 and 29, as compared with the simpler observance of the same days ordered in Leviticus 23. Here again the formula in Numbers 28:1 plainly covered a few verses immediately following, but not the whole content of the two chapters.
Premising then the existence in writing from an early age of numerous groups of Mosaic laws and their subsequent interpolation, the ultimate compilation of these groups together with other matter and their arrangement in the order in which we now find them must have been the work, perhaps indeed of the interpolator, but in any case of some late editor. These numerous groups do not, however, make up the whole legislative contents of the Pentateuch; for a very large portion of these contents consists of three distinct books of law, which we must now examine. These were the "Book of the Covenant," the "Book of the Law" of Deuteronomy 31:26, and the so-called "Law of Holiness."
3. The Book of the Covenant:
This book, expressly so named (Exodus 24:7), is stated to have been written by Moses (24:3, 1). It must have comprised the contents of Exodus 20-23. The making of the covenant at Sinai, led up to by the revealing words of Exodus 3:12-17; Exodus 6:2-8; 19:3-6, was a transaction of the very first importance in the religious history of Israel. God's revelation of Himself to Israel being very largely, indeed chiefly, a revelation of His moral attributes (Exodus 34:6, 7), could only be effectively apprehended by a people who were morally fitted to receive it. Hence, it was that Israel as a nation was now placed by God in a stated relation to Himself by means of a covenant, the condition upon which the covenant was based being, on His people's part, their obedience to a given law. This was the law contained in the "Book of the Covenant."
It consisted of "words of Yahweh" and "Judgments" (Exodus 24:3 the King James Version). The latter are contained in Exodus 21:1-22:17; the former in Exodus 20, in the remaining portion of Exodus 22, and Exodus 23. The "judgments" (the American Standard Revised Version "ordinances") relate entirely to matters of right between man and man; the "words of Yahweh" relate partly to these and partly to duties distinctively religious.
(1) Judgments. Compared with Code of Hammurabi.
The "judgments" appear to be taken from older consuetudinary law; not necessarily comprising the whole of that law, but so much of it as it pleased God now to stamp with His express sanction and to embody in this Covenant Law. They may well be compared with those contained in the so-called Code of Hammurabi, king of Babylon, who is thought to have been the Amraphel of Genesis 14. These are called "the judgments of righteousness which Hammurabi the mighty king confirmed." The resemblances in form and in subject between the two sets of "judgments" are very striking. All alike have the same structure, beginning with a hypothetical clause, "if so and so," and then giving the rule applicable in the third person. All alike relate entirely to civil, as distinguished from religious, matters, to rights and duties between man and man. All seem to have had a similar origin in judgments passed in the first place on causes brought before judges for decision: both sets therefore represent consuetudinary law.
(2) Basis of Law of Covenant. Earlier Customs.
It is remarkable that, alike in matters of right between man and man, and in matters relating directly to the service of God, the Law of the Covenant did little (if anything) more than give a new and Divinely attested sanction to requirements which, being already familiar, appealed to the general conscience of the community. If, indeed, in the "words of Yahweh" there was any tightening of accustomed moral or (more particularly) religious requirements, e.g. in the first and second commandments of the Decalogue, it would seem to have been by way of enforcing convictions which must have been already gaining hold upon the minds of at least the more thoughtful of the people, and that in large measure through the lessons impressed upon them by the events of their recent history. In no other Way could the Law of the Covenant have appealed to their conscience, and so formed a foundation on which the covenant could be securely based.
As in the "judgments" we have a ratification of old consuetudinary law; as again in the second table of the Decalogue we have moral rules in accordance with a standard of moral right-no doubt already acknowledged-very similar indeed to that of the "negative confession" in the Egyptian Book of the Dead; so in the more especially religious rules of the Law of the Covenant we find, not new rules or an establishment of new institutions, but a new sanction of what was already old. These "words of Yahweh" assume the rendering of service to Yahweh: they do not enjoin it as if it were a new thing, but they enjoin that the Israelites shall not add to His service also the service of other gods (Exodus 20:3; Exodus 23:24). They assume the observance of the three "feasts," they enjoin that these shall be kept to Yahweh-"unto me," i.e. "unto me only" (Exodus 23:14, 17). They assume the making of certain offerings to Yahweh, they enjoin that these shall be made liberally-"of the first," i.e. of the best-and without delay (Exodus 22:29 f). They assume the rendering of worship by sacrifice, and the existence of an accustomed ritual, and therefore they do not lay down any scheme of ritual, but they give a few directions designed to guard against idolatry, or any practices tending either to irreverence or to low and false conceptions of God (Exodus 20:4-6, 23-26; Exodus 22:31; Exodus 23:18 f). While insisting upon the observance of the three "feasts," spoken of as already accustomed, it is remarkable that they contain no command to keep the Passover, which as an annual observance was not yet an accustomed thing.
This absence of ritual directions is indeed very noticeable. It was in the counsel of God that He would in the near future establish a reconstituted ritual, based upon what was already traditional, but containing certain new elements, and so framed as more and more to foster spiritual conceptions of God and a higher ideal of holiness. This however was as yet a thing of the future. No mention therefore was made of it in the Law of the Covenant; that law was so restricted as that it should at once appeal to the general conscience of the people, and so be a true test of their desire to do what was right. This would be the firm basis on which to build yet higher things. It is impossible to estimate the true character of the subsequent legislation, i.e. of what in bulk is by far the larger part of the torah-except by first grasping the true character and motive of the Covenant, and the Covenant Law.
See also COVENANT, BOOK OF THE; PENTATEUCH.
4. The Book of the Law of Deuteronomy 31:
Immediately after the making of the Covenant, Moses was called up into the mount, and there received instructions for the erection of the tabernacle, these being followed in due course by the rules of the reconstituted ceremonial of which the tabernacle was to be the home. All these for the present we must pass over.
Having arrived on the East of the Jordan, Moses, now at the close of his career, addressed discourses to the people, in which he earnestly exhorted them to live up to the high calling with which God had called them, in the land of which they were about to take possession. To this end he embodied in his discourse a statement of the Law by which they were to live. And then, as almost his last public act, he wrote "the words of this law in a book," and directed that the book should be placed "by the side of the ark of the covenant" (Deuteronomy 31:24-26). What now was this book? Was it Deuteronomy, in whole or in part? The most reasonable answer to this question is that the book actually written by Moses comprised at least the contents of Deuteronomy 5-26 and 28. Whether the whole or any parts of the remaining contents of Deuteronomy also formed part of this book, or were subsequently added to it, the whole being brought by a process of editing to our present Deuteronomy, is again a legitimate matter of inquiry.
Characteristics of Deuteronomy.
Regarding Deuteronomy 5-26 and 28 (with or without parts of other chapters) as the "book" of Deuteronomy 31:24-26, we find that it is a manual of instruction for the people at large-it is not a priest's manual. It deals with matters of morals, and of religion in its general principles, but only subordinately with matters of ritual: it warns against perils of idolatry and superstitious corruptions, common in the service of other gods, but which might by no means be mixed up with Yahweh's seryice: it insists upon righteous conduct between man and man, and very strongly inculcates humanity toward the poor and the dependent: it enjoins upon those in authority the impartial maintenance of right, as also fairness, moderation and mercy, in the administration of law and the infliction of punishment: it sets forth the fear of God as the guide of His people's actions, and the love of God in response to His mercy toward them. It does not lay down any scheme of ritual, though it gives rules (Deuteronomy 4:3-21) as to things which might not be eaten as unclean; it also gives directions as to the disposal of tithes (Deuteronomy 14:22-29; Deuteronomy 26:12); it enlarges upon the direction in the Law of the Covenant for the observance of the three "feasts," adding to this the observance of the Passover (Deuteronomy 16); it lays down a law (expressed conditionally) restricting to one sanctuary the offering of at least the more solemn sacrifices (Deuteronomy 12); and it frequently inculcates liberality toward the Levites, both on account of the sacred services rendered by them, their dispersal among the tribes, and the precarious character of their livelihood. Like the Law of the Covenant it assumes the existence of an accustomed ceremonial, and it is remarkable that when there is occasion to do so it makes use of phraseology (Deuteronomy 12) similar to that of the ritual laws of Moses in Leviticus and Numbers.
It is quite possible that some interpolations may have been made in the text of Deuteronomy 5-26, but not on any sufficient scale to affect the general character of the original book. This "Book of the Law" then was an expansion of the Law of the Covenant, enforcing its principles, giving directions in greater detail for carrying them out, and setting them in a framework of exhortation, warning and encouragement. Thus, its relation to the covenant is indicated by Deuteronomy 26:16-19; Deuteronomy 29:1. This is that "book of the Law of Moses" of which frequent mention is made in the books of Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah.
5. The Law of Holiness:
In marked contrast to the numerous rules, sometimes intermingled with narrative, which we find in Exodus 25-40; Leviticus 1-16, and throughout Numbers, we have in Leviticus 17-26 a collection of laws which evidently was once a book by itself. This, from its constant insistence upon holiness as a motive of conduct, has been called "the Law of Holiness." Though it contains many laws stated to have been spoken by Yahweh to Moses, we are not told by whom it was written, and therefore its authorship and date are a fair subject of inquiry. In its general design it bears much resemblance to the Law of the Covenant, and the Book of the Law contained in Deuteronomy. As in them, and especially in the latter, the laws are set up in a parenetic framework, the whole closing with promise of reward for obedience and a threat of punishment for disobedience (compare Exodus 23:20-33 Leviticus 26 Deuteronomy 28). Like them it deals much with moral duties: Leviticus 19 and 20 are practically an expansion of the Decalogue; but it deals also more than they do with ceremonial. With regard to both it sets forth as the motive of obedience the rule, "Be ye holy, for I am holy."
A Clue as to Date
A clue to its date is to be found in its conception of cleanness. The idea found in the Prophets and the New Testament that moral wrongdoing renders unclean must be based upon some earlier conception, namely, upon the Old Testament conception of ritual uncleanness. Now ritual uncleanness was originally physical uncleanness only; the idea of moral right or wrong did not enter into it at all: this is perfectly clear from the whole contents of Leviticus 11-15. On the other hand we find the idea of moral cleanness and uncleanness fully formed in the Psalms, Proverbs, and in the Prophets, including the earlier prophets, Amos, Hosea, and Isaiah. In H (the Law of Holiness, Leviticus 17-26) we find an intermediate conception. We find that whereas in Leviticus 11-15 sexual acts which were lawful rendered unclean equally with those which were unlawful, in H, adultery and incest are denounced as rendering specially unclean, the idea being that their technical uncleanness became more intensely unclean through their immorality (Leviticus 18:24-30). Similarly, converse with familiar spirits and wizards, which probably involved physical defilement (perhaps through the ingredients used in charms), is mentioned as specially causing defilement, probably as such technical defilement would be intensified by the unlawfulness of dealing with familiar spirits and wizards at all (Leviticus 19:31). Sins, however, which did not in themselves entail physical uncleanness, such e.g. as injustice, are not mentioned in H as rendering unclean, though they are so regarded in the Prophets.
Read Complete Article...
Constitution: Agreement Between the Ruler and People
Law in the New Testament
Law in the Old Testament
Law of Moses
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) in Synagogues
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): Divine Authority For
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): Engraved on Stone
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): Epitomized by Jesus
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): from City to City
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): Given at Sinai
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): On Door Posts
Law: (Contained in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy): Renewed by Moses
Law: Book of, Found by Hilkiah in the Temple
Law: Curses of, Responsively Read by Levites and People at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim
Law: Engraved Upon Monuments
Law: Expounded to the Assembled Nation at the Feast of Tabernacles in the Sabbatic Year
Law: Formed a Constitution on Which the Civil Government of the Israelites Was Founded
Law: Found by Hilkiah in the House of the Lord
Law: General Scriptures Concerning
Law: On Frontlets for the Forehead, and Parchment for the Hand
Law: Preserved in the Ark of the Covenant
Law: Princes, Priests, and Levites Publicly Taught
Law: Prophecies In, of the Messiah
Law: Received by the Disposition of Angels
Law: The Priests and Levites
Law: was Given Because of Transgressions Until the Messiah Arrived
Litigation: To be Avoided
The Law of God is Absolute and Perpetual
The Law of God is the Rule of Life to Saints
The Law of God is the Rule of the Judgment
The Law of God: All Men Have Transgressed
The Law of God: Blessedness of Keeping
The Law of God: Christ: Came to Fulfil
The Law of God: Christ: Explained
The Law of God: Christ: Magnified
The Law of God: Conscience Testifies To
The Law of God: Designed to Lead to Christ
The Law of God: Established by Faith
The Law of God: Exceeding Broad
The Law of God: Given: Through Moses
The Law of God: Given: Through the Ministration of Angels
The Law of God: Given: To Adam
The Law of God: Given: To Noah
The Law of God: Given: To the Israelites
The Law of God: Gives the Knowledge of Sin
The Law of God: Holy, Just, and Good
The Law of God: It is Man's Duty to Keep
The Law of God: Love is the Fulfilling of
The Law of God: Man Cannot be Justified By
The Law of God: Man Cannot Render Perfect Obedience To
The Law of God: Man, by Nature, not in Subjection To
The Law of God: Not Grievous
The Law of God: Obedience to a Characteristic of Saints
The Law of God: Obedience to a Test of Love
The Law of God: Obedience To of Prime Importance
The Law of God: Perfect
The Law of God: Punishment for Disobeying
The Law of God: Pure
The Law of God: Requires Obedience of the Heart
The Law of God: Requires Perfect Obedience
The Law of God: Saints: Delight In
The Law of God: Saints: Freed from the Bondage of
The Law of God: Saints: Freed from the Curse of
The Law of God: Saints: Have, Written on Their Hearts
The Law of God: Saints: Keep
The Law of God: Saints: Lament Over the Violation of, by Others
The Law of God: Saints: Love
The Law of God: Saints: Pledge Themselves to Walk In
The Law of God: Saints: Pray for Power to Keep
The Law of God: Saints: Pray to Understand
The Law of God: Saints: Prepare Their Hearts to Seek
The Law of God: Saints: should Make the Subject of Their Conversation
The Law of God: Saints: should Remember
The Law of God: Sin is a Transgression of
The Law of God: Spiritual
The Law of God: The Love of, Produces Peace
The Law of God: The Wicked: Cast Away
The Law of God: The Wicked: Despise
The Law of God: The Wicked: Forget
The Law of God: The Wicked: Forsake
The Law of God: The Wicked: Refuse to Hear
The Law of God: The Wicked: Refuse to Walk In
The Law of God: To be Used Lawfully
The Law of God: Truth
The Law of God: Works Wrath
The Law of Moses is the Law of God
The Law of Moses was a Burdensome Yoke
The Law of Moses was not the Manifestation of the Grace of God
The Law of Moses: A Means of National Reformation
The Law of Moses: A Schoolmaster to Lead to Christ
The Law of Moses: A Shadow of Good Things to Come
The Law of Moses: Additions Made To, in the Plains of Moab by Jordan
The Law of Moses: All Israelites Required: To Know
The Law of Moses: All Israelites Required: To Lay Up, in Their Hearts
The Law of Moses: All Israelites Required: To Observe
The Law of Moses: All Israelites Required: To Remember
The Law of Moses: All Israelites Required: To Teach Their Children
The Law of Moses: Book of, Laid up in the Sanctuary
The Law of Moses: Called: A Fiery Law
The Law of Moses: Called: Book of Moses
The Law of Moses: Called: Book of the Law
The Law of Moses: Called: Lively Oracles
The Law of Moses: Called: Ministration of Condemnation
The Law of Moses: Called: Ministration of Death
The Law of Moses: Called: Royal Law
The Law of Moses: Called: Word Spoken by Angels
The Law of Moses: Christ: Abrogated, As a Covenant of Works
The Law of Moses: Christ: Attended all Feasts of
The Law of Moses: Christ: Bore the Curse of
The Law of Moses: Christ: Came not to Destroy But to Fulfil
The Law of Moses: Christ: Circumcised According To
The Law of Moses: Christ: Fulfilled all Precepts of
The Law of Moses: Christ: Fulfilled all Types and Shadows of
The Law of Moses: Christ: Made Under
The Law of Moses: Christ: Magnified and Made Honorable
The Law of Moses: Could not Disannul the Covenant of Grace Made in Christ
The Law of Moses: Could not Give Righteous and Life
The Law of Moses: Darkness at Giving of, Illustrative of Obscurity of
The Law of Moses: Divided Into: A Covenant of Works to the Jews As a Nation
The Law of Moses: Divided Into: Ceremonial, Relating to Manner of Worshipping God
The Law of Moses: Divided Into: Civil, Relating to Administration of Justice
The Law of Moses: Divided Into: Moral, Embodied in the Ten Commandments
The Law of Moses: Entire of, Written in a Book
The Law of Moses: Given by Disposition of Angels
The Law of Moses: Given in the Desert
The Law of Moses: Given: After the Exodus
The Law of Moses: Given: At Horeb
The Law of Moses: Given: from the Mount Sinai
The Law of Moses: Given: Through Moses As Mediator
The Law of Moses: Given: To No Other Nation
The Law of Moses: Given: To the Jews
The Law of Moses: Good Kings Enforced
The Law of Moses: Jewish Converts Would Have all Christians Observe
The Law of Moses: Kings to Write and Study
The Law of Moses: None to Approach the Mount While God Gave
The Law of Moses: Priests and Levites to Teach
The Law of Moses: Public Instruction Given to Youth In
The Law of Moses: Publicly Read by Ezra
The Law of Moses: Publicly Read by Joshua
The Law of Moses: Publicly Read in the Synagogues Every Sabbath Day
The Law of Moses: Publicly Read: At the Feast of Tabernacles in the Sabbatical Year
The Law of Moses: Rehearsed by Moses
The Law of Moses: Remarkable Phenomena Connected With, at Giving of
The Law of Moses: Tables of, Laid up in the Ark
The Law of Moses: Taught the Jews: All Punishments Awarded According To
The Law of Moses: Taught the Jews: Strict Justice and Impartiality
The Law of Moses: Taught the Jews: To Love and Fear God
The Law of Moses: Taught the Jews: To Love Their Neighbour
The Law of Moses: Terror of Israel at Receiving
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Accused Christ of Breaking
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Accused Christians of Speaking
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Broke It Themselves
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Dishonoured God by Breaking
The Law of Moses: The Jews: from Regard To, Rejected Christ
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Held Those Ignorant of, Accursed
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Jealous For
The Law of Moses: The Jews: Shall be Judged By
The Law of Moses: The Scribes Were Learned In, and Expounded
• Bible Dictionary
• Bible Encyclopedia
• Topical Bible
• Bible Thesuarus