Social Justice in the Israelite Law Codes

Bruce V. Malchow

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1984

Issue: Public Theology and Ministry (Vol. 4, No 3, Summer, 1984)

Social justice is a topic of great concern in the church today. The subject has obvious roots in the Old Testament prophetic books, and proponents of justice often refer to those sources. However, the biblical base for this concern is broader than the prophetic writings. Social justice is also a frequent topic in the wisdom literature and in the law codes. This essay will analyze the references to this subject in the legal codes and thereby broaden the base of biblical support for this matter of ethical importance.

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