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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Skeel & Longman on Mosaic Law and Criminal Law

Skeel david David A. Skeel Jr. (pictured) and Tremper Longman (University of Pennsylvania Law School and Westmont College) have posted The Mosaic Law in Christian Perspective on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

When Jesus spoke of fulfilling the law and the prophets, he was referring to the Mosaic law, nearly all of which is in the four books we consider in this Article: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. In an effort to discern the Mosaic law’s guidance for contemporary secular law, we first place it in covenantal perspective and identify three of its key concerns: God’s nature, as revealed in Scripture; the nature of Israel; and the role of the land. After summarizing the regulation in the four books under consideration and noting a few of its characteristics, we conclude by discussing a few possible implications of a Christian perspective on the Mosaic law for contemporary criminal law; economic and commercial law; and the fraught issues of marriage, divorce and sexuality.

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