The Similarities Between Hammurabi And The Mosaic Code

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Throughout history there have been many laws put in place to ensure order and safety within different societies. The first set of written laws originated in Mesopotamia in approximately 1754 BC, called the Code of Hammurabi. “Code of Hammurabi” is considered to be one of the most valuable finds in human history. The code is actually used for the basis of our country's modern-day justice system. It is perceived to be the first advanced set of recorded laws put into a single, logical text. The “Code of Hammurabi” was years ahead of its time; written by King Hammurabi in 1754 B.C. Dating from the 10th century B.C. there were another set of laws created in the old Testament called the Hebrew code of laws, making up of Moses’s 611 commandments. Hammurabi’s Code and the Hebrews (in Mosaic Code) became supreme over all sources of authority; playing an important role in the legal process among society. There have been striking amount of similarities between the Hammurabi laws and the Mosaic code of the Hebrew Old Testament.
Hammurabi is well known under the Mesopotamian kings. He ruled the Babylonian empire from 1792-1750 B.C. He was the first king to unite Babylonia. Hammurabi's main concern was keeping order within his kingdom. In the prologue and epilogue of the Code of Hammurabi, it describes him as a “great soldier and a pious, god-fearing king who destroyed all his enemies to the north and south which made his people dwell in peace and security.” Due to the growth of his

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