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What's Divine about Divine Law?: Early Perspectives

Christine Hayes


In the thousand years before the rise of Islam, two radically diverse conceptions of what it means to say that a law is divine confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. This book untangles the classical and biblical roots of the Western idea of divine law and shows how early adherents to biblical tradition—Hellenistic Jewish writers such as Philo, the community at Qumran, Paul, and the talmudic rabbis—struggled to make sense of this conflicting legacy. This book shows that for the ancient Greeks, divine law was divine by virtue of its inherent qualities of intrinsic ... More

Keywords: Islam, divine law, biblical tradition, ancient Greeks, classical rabbinic Judaism, Scripture, rationality, truth, universality, immutability

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691165196
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691165196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Hayes, author
Yale University

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