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Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Law: Cultural Insights and Contributions Prof. Barry L. Eichler
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Modern Middle East
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ht p:/ www.mtmercy.edu/clas es/ar213/neareast/images/neareastmap.jpg The Ancient Near East
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Law Law is an integral part of the total fabric of a society’s culture. A legal norm is a social norm that is regularly enforced by “legal sanctions.”
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Law and Society --1 Law is one of the most revealing indicators of the basic cultural values of a society e.g., Amendment I :Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition
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Law and Society -- 2 Law allows for a clearer appreciation and understanding of a society’s cultural values at any given time within its history e.g., Declaration of Independence : “All men are created equal” Amendment XIII Abolition of Slavery (1865) Amendment XV Rights Not to Be Denied on Account of Race (1870) Amendment XIX Women's Right to Vote (1920)
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Law and Society -- 3 Law is an indicator of the relative importance of a society’s cultural values e.g., Laws of Hammurabi 22 : If a man commits a robbery and is then seized, that man shall be killed.
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Law and Society -- 4 Law may reveal socio-political tensions within society e.g., Laws of Hammurabi 129 Middle Assyrian Laws A 15
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