Mesopotamia and Jewish

Mesopotamia and Jewish - Two prominent cultures that...

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Two prominent cultures that possessed similar and different views of law and social order were Mesopotamia and the Jewish. The Jewish believed in Christianity, were Jesus Christ was the God. In Mesopotamia, the main form of law was the Code of Hammurabi which was composed by Hammurabi, Babylon’s sixth ruler. Hammurabi’s Code was secular, as it did not deal with religion in its codes. This was different from Jewish belief as the Ten Commandments represented their God’s (Jesus Christ) voice and words making it very religious. The Ten Commandments did not incorporate consequences unlike Hammurabi’s code. The Codes displayed very specific consequences for certain unruly actions done by a person. The Commandments did not specify what the penalties would be if they were not followed. Another difference in the both of these pieces of literature is the point of view. The Commandments were from God showing that God is above all else. However in Hammurabi’s Code, Hammurabi said them, showing that he was above everything else. The Code of Hammurabi and the Ten Commandments were similar in many ways. Both forms of literature show many similarities. Both were written in a stone structure. The code of Hammurabi was carved into a stele or ancient stone pillar using cuneiform script. The Ten Commandments were written on two stone tablets by Moses. Both were given on the top of a mountain. At the top of the stele is
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2010 for the course CHEM 221 taught by Professor Fillinger during the Fall '08 term at Ithaca College.

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