Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access

Judaic law
(2,490 words)

1. Definition

Both Judaic law as a whole and individual legal norms are called halacha (plural, halachot) under Judaism; the Aramaic substantive is not biblical, but rather first appears in the Tannaitic literature of the rabbis of the 1st–3rd centuries ce. According to general consensus, the term is derived from the Hebrew root hlk (“go”) and indicates the way a Jew should go. In the Torah, Moses is ins…

Cite this page
Kosman, Admiel, “Judaic law”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021731>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



▲   Back to top   ▲