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Lesson 7-1: How Do You Say "Law" in Hebrew?

TitleLesson 7-1: How Do You Say "Law" in Hebrew?
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsLanguage - Hebrew; Law

The Hebrew language uses at least six different words that are translated into English as the word law. Torah refers to the law, especially the law of Moses, while mishpat signifies judgment or standards based on the law. Huqqah and hoq are similar in meaning, suggesting not only formal ordinances but also general codes of behavior. Mitzvah denotes divine commandments in general, and edut, while a more ambiguous term, often signifies a written law. The Book of Mormon likewise uses various legal terms, often in conjunction with one another, such as statutes, judgments, ordinances, and commandments. The striking similarities between these texts reveal that the Hebrew-speaking Nephites and the ancient Israelites conceived of law in much the same way. 

Originally published as Chart 9-119 in Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. How Do You Say "Law" in Hebrew?. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.


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