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The Codes of Hammurabi and Moses by William Walter Davies
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Jul 08, 2011

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Interesting and informative side-by-side comparison of the complete laws of famed Mesopotamian ruler Hammurabi (an approximate contemporary of Abraham) with the parallel statutes found in the Mosaic code. While the similarities are, in several instances, intriguing, the contrasts typically demonstrate a higher regard for human life and a more refined and equitable standard of justice expressed by the Laws of Yahweh, which is hardly surprising. It's also interesting to note the relatively high degree of economic regulation present within the Hammurabic code. Wages for laborers, construction fees, rental fees, etc. were all carved in stone, quite literally!

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