Mosaic vs Hammurabi Essay

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Thamina Ahmadzai Mr. Taylor CNL4U 27 February 2015 The Code of Hammurabi Vs the Mosaic Law Compare the Hammurabic and the Mosaic laws and note any laws that are similar or the same in what is allowed and disallowed, and/or in proscribed penalties. Note any language that sounds similar. How might any similarities have come about? The Hammurabic and Mosaic laws have several similarities. In fact, they are so similar that many people think that Moses actually stole these laws from Hammurabi. These codes were both said to be sent down by God, but later changed in order to satisfy the needs and wants of the civilians. The Hammurabic law states that "if any one ensnare another, putting a ban upon him, but he cannot prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death."(Hammurabi 1) Comparably, in the Mosaic Law, it states that "if a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse a man of a crime, the two men involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the Lord before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against his brother, then do to him as he intended to do to his brother. You must purge the evil from among you. The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." (Deut. 19:16-21) Both these laws make it clear that false testimony is taken very seriously and has consequences. Those consequences would usually be death. Both laws were very harsh towards people who give false testimonies. These laws were probably put into place just to scare people into not doing it. Telling the truth sounded like a better idea than death, so people tended to tell the truth in courts. It

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