Animals in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Law Codes

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This chapter examines the attitude towards animals in the pentateuchal and ancient Near Eastern legal codes.Employing a comparative approach, it analyzes criminal and tort law in relation to animals and their owners—the stealing and finding of livestock, the responsibility of watchmen, workers, and legal “owners” of animals that cause damage.Demonstrating how fauna form part of the biblical ethical system, in which ethical demands become binding statutes, it looks at why this process only occurred in the Hebrew Bible and not in other ancient Near Eastern cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
ISSN (Print)2634-6672
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6680

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