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Injustice Made Legal: Deuteronomic Law and the Plight of Widows,…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802839096, Hardcover)The scriptural laws dealing with widows, strangers, and orphans areconventionally viewed as rules meant to aid the plight of vulnerablepersons in ancient Israelite society. Harold Bennett challenges thisperspective, arguing instead that key sanctions found in Deuteronomywere actually drafted by a powerful elite to enhance theirown material condition and keep the peasantry down.
Building his provocative case on a careful analysis of life inthe ancient world as well as on his understanding of critical lawtheory, Bennett views Deuteronomic law through the eyes of theneedy in Israelite society. His unique approach uncovers the previouslyneglected link between politico-economic interests and theformulation of law. The result is a new understanding of law in theHebrew Bible and the ways it worked to support and maintain thedehumanization of widows, strangers, and orphans in the biblicalcommunity.
This daring work is must reading for anyone interested in theBible, ancient history, or social justice issues.
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