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Author: Bruce Wells

Title: Sex Crimes in the Laws of the Hebrew Bible

Subtitle: -

Journal: Near Eastern Archaeology

Volume: 78

Issue: 4

Year: December 2015

Pages: 294-300

ISSN: 1094-2076 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2325-5404 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Ancient Near East | Representations: Biblical Texts / Book of Deuteronomy



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Author: Bruce Wells, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Saint Joseph's

Abstract: »Although biblical texts identify a range of sexual behavior as illicit, adultery is the only sexual act addressed in the law collections of the Hebrew Bible as a crime – i.e., as a serious harm against another person for which punishments beyond financial compensation are allowed. Some scholars have argued that the treatment of adultery in biblical law is better and more favorable toward women than that found in the cuneiform law collections; others have argued precisely the opposite. What is more likely is that biblical law is largely in keeping with how ancient Near Eastern societies other than Israel and Judah handled adultery and should not necessarily be evaluated as either better or worse from a modern perspective.« (Source: Near Eastern Archaeology)


  Sex Crimes in Biblical Law (p. 294)
  Interpreting Deuteronomy (p. 295)
    Better for Women? (p. 296)
    Worse for Women? (p. 296)
    Like the Rest of the Ancient Near East? (p. 297)
  Notes (p. 299)
  References (p. 300)
  About the Author (p. 300)

Wikipedia: Bible: Hebrew Bible / Book of Deuteronomy