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Sep 9, 2011

65 Was Moses' Law the first-ever law

Christians might claim that Moses brought the first-ever laws to earth at the command of God.  

For example in the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy, the God of heaven and earth commands laws, and the prophet Moses gives them to the people (about 1250 BC)   

Deuteronomy 1:1 In this book are the words that Moses spoke to the people of Israel when they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. ... 3 Moses told the people everything the LORD had commanded him to tell them. ... 10:14 To the LORD belong even the highest heavens; the earth is his also, and everything on it.

But there's an ancient Babylonian monument that also says a Babylonian God of heaven and earth commanded the Babylonian King, Hammurabi, to give laws to his kingdom (about 1780 BC)

Anu [God supreme] and Bel [Lord of heaven and earth] called by name me, Hammurabi, the exalted prince, who feared God, to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land. ... The great gods have called me, I am the salvation-bearing shepherd.

In the Book of Deuteronomy the law of Moses protects widows and orphans  

Deuteronomy 10:17 The LORD your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. 18 He makes sure that orphans and widows are treated fairly; he loves the foreigners who live with our people, and gives them food and clothes.

The code of Hammurabi predates Moses and protects widows and orphans. So it beat Moses to it

“That the strong might not injure the weak, in order to protect the widows and orphans, I have in Babylon the city ... set up these my precious words, written upon my memorial stone, before the image of me, as king of righteousness. ... By the order of Marduk [God of humankind], my lord, let no destruction befall my monument.”

Recap: Hammurabi’s monument is kept in a museum today. Surely law didn’t originate with Moses.


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