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Plato and the creation of the Hebrew Bible

Author: Russell E Gmirkin
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
Series: Copenhagen international seminar.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible for the first time compares the ancient law collections of the Ancient Near East, the Greeks and the Pentateuch to determine the legal antecedents for the biblical laws. Following on from his 2006 work, Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus, Gmirkin takes up his theory that the Pentateuch was written around 270 BCE using Greek sources found at the Great Library of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Plato.; Plato.; Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell E Gmirkin
ISBN: 9781138684980 1138684988 1315543583 9781315543581
OCLC Number: 938396370
Description: viii, 338 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Athenian and pentateuchal legal institutions --
Biblical, ancient near eastern and Greek law --
Greek and ancient near eastern law collections --
Greek and biblical legal narratives --
The creation of the Hebrew Bible.
Series Title: Copenhagen international seminar.
Responsibility: Russell E. Gmirkin.

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"Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible for the first time compares the ancient law collections of the Ancient Near East, the Greeks and the Pentateuch to determine the legal antecedents for the biblical laws. Following on from his 2006 work, Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus, Gmirkin takes up his theory that the Pentateuch was written around 270 BCE using Greek sources found at the Great Library of Alexandria, and applies this to an examination of the biblical law codes. A striking number of legal parallels are found between the Pentateuch and Athenian laws, and specifically with those found in Plato's Laws of ca. 350 BCE. Constitutional features in biblical law, Athenian law, and Plato's Laws also contain close correspondences. Several genres of biblical law, including the Decalogue, are shown to have striking parallels with Greek legal collections, and the synthesis of narrative and legal content is shown to be compatible with Greek literature"--

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