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A Jewish legal ruling concerning the application of the Torah to various daily aspects of human conduct. Jesus and the New Testament writers lived in a period of intense halakic discourse and debate.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HALAKAH. A noun derived from the Hebrew root hlk (הלך). “to walk.” It is usually translated as “law” and denotes a specific ruling, a legal statement or discussion, the general category of legal material, or that portion of rabbinic literature which is not Haggadah. Halakah focuses on activity, specifically
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Halakah. Overall term for Jewish law. Halakah, which means literally “walking,” gives the authoritative Jewish way of life as contained in the Mishna. It shows the Jew how he is to walk and what he must do (see Ex 18:20).First of all, Halakah rests upon the biblical laws and commandments found in the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HALAKAH* Overall term for Jewish law. Halakah, which means literally “walking,” gives the authoritative Jewish way of life as contained in the Mishnah. It shows Jews how they are to walk (i.e., live life) and what they must do (see Ex 18:20).First of all, Halakah rests upon the biblical laws and commandments
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Halakah (hah-lah-kah´; from Heb. halak, “to walk, go, follow”), in Jewish tradition, the teaching one is to follow or the rules or statutes that are to guide a person’s life. Halakah and Haggadah are often cited as two modes of midrash (biblical interpretation). Halakah focuses on commandments and legislation
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Halakhah (Heb. hălāḵâ)The teaching one is to follow, usually understood to be from the Hebrew root hlk, “to walk” or “go forth.” Generally, Halakhah is defined in contrast to Haggadah, both of which represent the two major divisions of Midrash. While there is considerable overlap between the two,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Halakhah [häˊlä käˊ] (Heb. halāḵâ “the way,” from hālaḵ “walk, go”).In its basic sense, a teaching or precept that serves as a practical guide for living; also spelled Halachah, Halakah. In postbiblical Judaism, Halakhah came to mean the legal body of rules and regulations established and passed
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HALAKAH One of the two chief divisions of the Midrash, with Haggadah. Halakah usually signifies that portion of rabbinic literature that focuses on legal matters. It was especially common to use Halakah to clarify or discuss legal matters arising from new or changing circumstances facing the community.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Halakahhalakah (hahl-ah-kahʹ; from Heb. halak, ‘to walk, go, follow’), in Judaism the teaching one is to follow, the rules or statutes that are to guide a person’s life. In the first instance, the ancient interpretation of the legal texts of the Torah (the first five books of the ot) sought to expound
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HAGGADAH or HALAKAH In Judaism, rabbinic teaching is divided into two categories: halakah and haggadah (also spelled aggadah). Both of these terms refer to the oral teaching of the rabbis. Halakah refers to the legal teachings that are considered authoritative for religious life. Haggadah refers to the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Halakah hah’lah-kah’ (הֲלָכָה, “walk, practice, ruling, law,” from הָלַךְ H2143, “to go, walk, behave”). Also Halacha (h), Halakhah; pl. halakot (h), halakhot (h). This term in rabbinic studies can refer either to a specific legal ruling (in which case the word is usually lowercased) or to the general
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HALAKHAH [הֲלָכָה halakhah]. Jewish rabbinic law, lit. “going [on the way].” Rabbinic law can derive directly from the Torah, can be interpreted from the Bible, or can be passed down in the rabbinic community as “Oral Law.” Scripturally derived law is called midrash halakhah (see MIDRASH). Oral legal