Professor Weismann On Talion And Public Punishment In The Mosaic Law. -- By: Harold M. Wiener

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 073:291 (Jul 1916)
Article: Professor Weismann On Talion And Public Punishment In The Mosaic Law.
Author: Harold M. Wiener

Professor Weismann On Talion And Public Punishment In The Mosaic Law.1

Harold M. Wiener

London, England.

This book by Professor Weismann calls for something more than a short notice. Its excellence, the fact that it constitutes a definite and valuable contribution to the history and understanding of Hebrew law, and the cases where his views differ from those that an English lawyer would hold, alike impose more detailed consideration than would be possible in small compass. It is marked by an air of modesty and reasonableness which is very grateful after much experience of the dogmatism and stupidity of slipshod theological claimants to infallibility. It is lucid and thorough, and takes account of a wide range of German and French literature; though, of works written in English, only a book of Bissell’s and an encyclopedia article have been consulted. In the case of whole sections a reviewer can only express his complete and respectful agreement, with here and there a note of dissent as to some minor detail. Indeed, for one who has been trained on the lines of the English law schools the main feature of interest lies less in the professor’s opinions and conclusions than in the fact that he reaches them by rather different paths from those that we should naturally follow. It may be added that the professor is invariably right in cases where he differs from the opinions of theologians, and that he has undoubtedly proved his main contention (of which more hereafter). The volume should be found in every theological library, for it greatly excels many more pretentious works and provides much wholesome doctrine admirably expressed on matters where theologians are invariably very weak. As examples I would cite the first, third, and sixth divisions of the first section, the fourth division of the second section, and, subject to the criticisms which follow, the third and sixth sections. The sections are eight in number and deal with the following topics: —



(pp. 1-11).

Object and methods.


(pp. 12-22).

The critical assumptions.

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