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What's divine about divine law? : early perspectives

Author: Christine Elizabeth Hayes
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford [England] : Princeton University Press, 2015. ©2015
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In the thousand years before the rise of Islam, two radically diverse conceptions of what it means to say that a law is divine confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. What's Divine about Divine Law? untangles the classical and biblical roots of the Western idea of divine law and shows how early adherents to biblical tradition-Hellenistic Jewish writers such as Philo, the community at
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Hayes, Christine Elizabeth.
What's divine about divine law? : early perspectives.
Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford, [England] : Princeton University Press, ©2015
xv, 412 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Elizabeth Hayes
ISBN: 9781400866410 1400866413
OCLC Number: 912320949
Awards: Winner of PROSE Awards: Theology & Religious Studies 2016
Winner of National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship 2015
Description: 1 online resource (431 pages)
Contents: Biblical discourses of divine law --
Greco-Roman discourses of law --
Bridging the gap: divine law in Hellenistic and Second temple Jewish sources --
Minding the gap: Paul --
The "truth" about Torah --
The (ir)rationality of Torah --
The flexibility of Torah --
Natural law in Rabbinic sources?
Responsibility: Christine Hayes.

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In the thousand years before the rise of Islam, two radically diverse conceptions of what it means to say that a law is divine confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. What's Divine about Divine Law? untangles the classical and biblical roots of the Western idea of divine law and shows how early adherents to biblical tradition-Hellenistic Jewish writers such as Philo, the community at Qumran, Paul, and the talmudic rabbis-struggled to make sense of this conflicting legacy. Christine Hayes shows that for the ancient Greeks, divine law was divine by virtue of its inherent qualities of intrinsic rationality, truth, universality, and immutability, while for the biblical authors, divine law was divine because it was grounded in revelation with no presumption of rationality, conformity to truth, universality, or immutability. Hayes describes the collision of these opposing conceptions in the Hellenistic period, and details competing attempts to resolve the resulting cognitive dissonance. She shows how Second Temple and Hellenistic Jewish writers, from the author of 1 Enoch to Philo of Alexandria, were engaged in a common project of bridging the gulf between classical and biblical notions of divine law, while Paul, in his letters to the early Christian church, sought to widen it. Hayes then delves into the literature of classical rabbinic Judaism to reveal how the talmudic rabbis took a third and scandalous path, insisting on a construction of divine law intentionally at odds with the Greco-Roman and Pauline conceptions that would come to dominate the Christianized West. A stunning achievement in intellectual history, What's Divine about Divine Law? sheds critical light on an ancient debate that would shape foundational Western thought, and that continues to inform contemporary views about the nature and purpose of law and.

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