This paper continues the analysis of political theory in the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Exodus identifies nationhood as the best form of political organization. Nationhood, in turn, requires self-government, centralized institutions, and control over territory. The narrative of Mount Sinai addresses the topic of centralized institutions. The author here distinguishes and insightfully analyzes four types of legal institution: the fundamental commitment, the rule of recognition, fundamental law, ordinary law, and rules pertaining to the organization of government.
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Miller, Geoffrey P., "Nationhood and Law in the Hebrew Bible" (2010). New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers. Paper 220.