Exodus, Deuteronomy, and the Code of Hammurabi

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About: this paper was delivered to Dr. Chris Corwin at Fuller Theological Seminary during my first year for a class on the Pentateuch.


Why are there two Law-codes that are similar though different in the Pentateuch? Why does it seem that the Pentateuch closely parallels other texts from the Ancient Near East, like the Code of Hammurabi? These questions are tough questions. It is certainly something that is beginning to take notice by college students who are first introduced to such parallelisms, and several other readers on the world wide web.1 It is causing such readers to really put into question the inerrancy and the infallibility of Scripture. The question is should Ancient Near Eastern parallels between the Code of Hammurabi and the Pentateuch, which is the present focus, affect our interpretation of the Decalogue much less the rest of Scripture? The Pentateuch does share similarities with other…

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