To: R. Scott
Albert the Great prefaced his first catalog of the Laws of England with the Ten Commandments.
He likely never even heard of Hammurabi. And there are dozens of such links in our history between civic law and Judaic laws.
Thus, the Ten Commandments are a far more appropriate historical reference point.
The first law in Western Christendom was the Justinian code. It was of course imbued with the Catholic faith of the Romans of 529 AD: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/535institutes.html#I.%20Justice%20and%20Law
posted on 08/23/2003 3:33:51 AM PDT
The Ten Commandments are a great set of guidelines, but the idea that they are the basis of our law is a bit of a stretch to me.
While we did have individual colonies with religious based law, none of the Ten Commandments were incorporated into Federal Law when our Nation was founded. The sixth ninth were incorporated into State law.
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