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Hammurabi's Code of Laws

The biggest thing I learned from today's reading was you better know how to swim if you were accused of breaking Hammurabi's laws!

Isn't it interesting how long it took the idea of "the rule of law" to actually play itself out in its most excellent form in the American experiment?!? Guess we should learn that freedom is indeed hard won and can be lost in an instant.


Where did Hammurabi fall in relation to the Torah….later a bit? Anyway, his was civil law and the Torah is religious law, so differences there. I particularly liked the idea that if the accused survived the drowning, the accuser got punished for bringing a false accusation……..that would probably stop a lot of the frivalous lawsuits that we have today. It puts a new spin on the phrase "tort reform".


Hammurabi was around 1800 - 1750 BC. Abraham was around 2000 BC and Moses about 1400 BC.


Wow, interesting reading today. I can not believe that histories first lawyer is from the middle east, scary thought. I think we may have all been in better shape had that pillar never been unearthed to be put in a museum in 1901. Silly French, what good does that do?

Also, goes to show that not much has changed over there. If you commit a crime, but are a good swimmer you survive. Huh? If I were around in that part of the world during that time you can bet your bottom dollar you wouldn't find me throwing anyone under the bus. Who knows, they just might be a good swimmer.

Hammurabi started a good thing when he set forth the laws for all future rulers. They do tend to rule on whims over there.


And here I was thinking Moses brought us the idea of the law. I guess that’s the point of these readings, to learn something. I think the idea of a rule of law must some how be connected to our inherent sense of right and wrong. For better or worse we ate the fruit, and now have the knowledge of good and evil, and with that knowledge the need for law. In the comparison of the law in the Torah and the law from Hammurabi, I’m glad we have laws passed on from God and not from man. Man sure is fickle with his right and wrong. My question for everyone is this: can you have law without a morality based in religion(belief system)?


It is interesting that he brought the idea that law is something apart from the ruler, though where he got his authority for creating the law was not explained. Why should his law have been the standard for all other rulers, and are his laws still adhered to anywhere in the middle east or elsewhere? Or maybe they died out with Babylonia? So Moses was still first with the law? Interesting.

-What was the deal with drowning if you were guilty? That seems to have been used by the which hunts also. i guess it was unusual if you could swim. Maybe there were weights involved somehow.

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