November 8, 2014

Statutes to be Observed in the Land

By In Brandon Adams

From Richard Barcellos’ Some Thoughts on the Threefold Division, quoting Ross:

from the finger of GodSo what would Moses think? If the Pentateuch represents what Moses thought, then the basic categories of the threefold division would not have left him in severe shock. The view that the laws of Moses are ‘one indivisible whole’ finds no support in the Pentateuch. Its labeling of some laws as ‘pattern’ laws [e.g., laws related to the tabernacle] and others as ‘statutes and ordinances’ to be observed ‘in the land’ introduces discrimination, while the Hebrew expressions for law distinguish the Ten Commandments from the rest of the Mosaic code in certain contexts. Above all, the Decalogue’s self-understood, divinely-uttered, lapidary [i.e., that which is cut or engraved], apodictic, and constitutional status marks it out as a distinctive collection of laws…

Ross, From the Finger of God, 119.

The judicial law was tied to the land.

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Written by Brandon Adams

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  • Bobby Crenshaw

    Great thoughts. If you understand that there were indeed aspects of the law “tied to the land”, then the discussion can start from where it needs to and not from unwarranted assumptions.