[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53 read within the book as a whole

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Thu May 27 22:32:30 EDT 2004

Dear Liz,

I know where some of your thinking originates. The Mesopotamian 
steles on which law codes were carved were not necessarily used for 
actual judging of laws. They were representative laws. But I would 
assume that Middle Assyrian jurisprudence conformed well enough to 
the Middle Assyrian law codes that we have. And I would expect that 
the case was similar with the Babylonian codes. Those laws don't come 
out of nowhere. No doubt in Israel many specific laws were developed 
that were not in the Mosaic code to begin with. But the OT revelation 
suggests that God intended Israel to live by the laws that He gave. 
Whatever the situation may have been in Mesopotamia, in Israel there 
was a real God at work. There was a true theocracy, and the laws 
provided specific legal guidance and expectations.

				Harold Holmyard

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