Hammurabi Code

Halfway down on the right. Hammurabi’s code is divided into 12 sections, and consists of 282 laws. Some claim Moses just borrowed from Hammurabi, so the Mosaic Code rather than being God-breathed is nothing special. Both the Mosaic Code and the Hammurabi Code impose the death penalty for adultery and kidnapping. Hammurabi’s code however imposes the death penalty for many more offenses and has some blood guilt – “if builders house collapses and kills owner’s son—builder’s son executed” Deuteronomy 24:16: Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.”

Also, Hammurabi commands mutilation for many offenses including if a slave disrespects his master. Moses says “an eye for an eye” – only in cases of intentional mutilation, limiting the damage.

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