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Reading Law as Narrative: A Study in the Casuistic Laws of the Pentateuch
Assnat Bartor
Publication Date
May 2010


A new interpretive method for the casuistic laws in the Pentateuch

Casuistic, or case, laws are more than seemingly "dry" legal texts. Instead the laws in the first five books of the Bible deal with real human affairs; This book presents an interpretive method integrating biblical law, jurisprudence, and literary theory—reflecting the current “law and literature” school within legal studies. Bartor identifies the narrative elements that exist in the laws of the Pentateuch, exposes the narrative techniques employed by the authors, and discovers the poetics of biblical law, thus revealing new or previously unconsidered aspects of the relationship between law and narrative in the Bible.

Assnat Bartor is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University, Lecturer in Biblical Law at IDC Herzliya, and is a criminal attorney and lawyer specializing in human rights.

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