The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law is an eBook we have in our law library collection that may be of interest to you, whether you’re enrolled in Christian Perspectives on the Law or simply interested in the intersection of law and religion. Here’s the publisher’s description: “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (OEBL) provides the most up-to-date and extensive treatment of the Bible and law yet attempted, both updating and expanding the scope of previous scholarship in the field. In comprehensive overviews, scholars at the forefront of biblical studies and law address three foci: (1) biblical law itself—its nature, collections, and genres; (2) the ancient contexts of biblical law, throughout the ancient Mediterranean (ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Early Jewish); and (3) the afterlife and influence of biblical law in antiquity and in modern jurisprudence around the world. Essays include treatments of the Book of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, Greek Law, and the Laws of Hammurapi, but also testimony and witness, property, ritual, rhetoric, gender, and sexual legislation.”

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Check it Out: The Mosque in Morgantown

This film follows former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani’s campaign for social change within the local mosque in her hometown of West Virginia. In the mosque she sees exclusion of women, intolerance toward non-believers, and suspicion of the West. As she campaigns to drag the mosque’s practices into the 21st century, she triggers a heated battle between tradition and modernity. Check out The Mosque in Morgantown from the law library.


Roe v. Wade 40 Years Later

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court published its decision in Roe v. Wade, making most early term abortions a constitutional right. Although abortion rights issues continue to divide Americans over forty years after the decision, a report  published this month by the Pew Research Center concludes that the public remains opposed to overturning the Supreme Court’s decision.

According to the data gathered in 2011 and 2012, slightly more than half (54%) of Americans think abortion should be legal.  In looking at views by religious affiliation, the survey reports that nearly 2/3 of white evangelical Protestants and Mormons, and roughly half of Hispanic Catholics think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.  On the other hand, the majority of Jews, Americans with no religious affiliation, white mainline Protestants, Black Protestants and White Catholics say abortion should be legal in most cases.