By Russell E. Gmirkin
Plato and the construction of the Hebrew Bible for the 1st time compares the traditional legislation collections of the traditional close to East, the Greeks and the Pentateuch to figure out the felony antecedents for the biblical legislation. Following on from his 2006 paintings, Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus, Gmirkin takes up his conception that the Pentateuch was once written round 270 BCE utilizing Greek resources chanced on on the nice Library of Alexandria, and applies this to an exam of the biblical legislation codes. A amazing variety of criminal parallels are stumbled on among the Pentateuch and Athenian legislation, and particularly with these present in Plato's Laws of ca. 350 BCE. Constitutional positive factors in biblical legislations, Athenian legislation, and Plato's Laws additionally comprise shut correspondences. a number of genres of biblical legislations, together with the Decalogue, are proven to have notable parallels with Greek felony collections, and the synthesis of narrative and felony content material is proven to be appropriate with Greek literature.
All this facts issues to direct impression from Greek writings, specially Plato's Laws, at the biblical felony culture. eventually, it truly is argued that the production of the Hebrew Bible came about based on this system present in Plato's legislation for making a legally licensed nationwide moral literature, reinforcing the significance of this particular Greek textual content to the authors of the Torah and Hebrew Bible within the early Hellenistic period. This research deals a desirable research of the history to the Pentateuch, and should be of curiosity not just to biblical students, but additionally to scholars of Plato, historic legislation, and Hellenistic literary traditions.
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