Why the Torah Isn’t a Law Book https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2022/01/why-the-torah-isnt-a-law-book/

January 17, 2022 | Jeremiah Unterman
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The Pentateuch contains hundreds of laws, which today still govern the lives of Jews around the world. Nonetheless, explains Jeremiah Unterman, comparison to the legal codes of the ancient Near East—of which thousands have been uncovered by archaeologists—show various ways in which the Torah is entirely unlike these works. Above all, it is the only one where laws are embedded in narrative. The Torah is also unique in presenting law as something given by God rather than a human ruler; in telling of the law being delivered to the people and regularly read publicly, rather than being the sole domain of royal scribes and officials; and showing concern for the poor. (Interview by Dru Johnson. Audio, 34 minutes.)

Read more on Biblical Mind: https://hebraicthought.org/podcast/torah-not-law-book-jerry-unterman/