Instruction; rules of conduct.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
LAW [Heb tôrâ (תֹּורָה); Gk nomos (νομος)]. This entry consists of three articles, one surveying law as a cultural phenomenon in the ANE world in which the Hebrew Bible emerged, one examining the various forms of law present in the Hebrew Bible, and one surveying religious law in early Judaism of the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
law. In the Bible the word “law” can have a wide range of meaning, referring to commandments, to a particular genre of literature (legal codes), or simply to the Torah, or first five books of the Bible. Jewish tradition divides the Bible into Torah (Law), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings). But
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LAW. The word law is used to translate Heb. tôrâ (meaning “instruction”) and the Gr. nomos (meaning “established custom”). See Torah. Fundamentally, both tôrâ and nomos designate some rule or regulation imposed upon man or nature by a higher power. The lawgiver reserves the right to punish all disobedience.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LawLaw is a reflection of the way in which society both views and administers itself through common agreement and forms of restraint. Legal pronouncement may be recognized in relation to those acts which “mobilize” a society to react at need to protect individuals or the state. The more serious the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Law (Heb. tôrâ; also mîṣwâ “commandment,” dāḇār “word, commandment,” ḥōq “statute, decree,” mîšpaṭ “ordinance, judgment”; Aram. dāṯ “law, regulation”; Gk. nómos).†
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
NOMOS νόμοςI. Usually, in the Greek Bible the word nomos, law, is used to refer to the OT and Jewish →Torah as a set of rules for life. (For a general treatment of the role of the law in Jewish writings of the Second Temple Period see the overview of Sanders 1992; the NT material is dealt with by Hübner
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
LawWhat impact did the coming of Jesus the Messiah (see Christ) and the establishment through him of the kingdom of God (see Kingdom of God) have on the authority and applicability of the Mosaic Law? The question is at the heart of the Gospels. It played a critical role not only in Jesus’ disputes with
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
LawA well-attested feature of Jewish religion in Paul’s time was the manner in which the Jewish way of life was being defined in both oral and written form. The foundation of this material was the covenant which God communicated to Moses and made with the people of Israel at Sinai as it is preserved
Law of Christ
Law of christThe meaning of the phrase “law of Christ” (ho nomos tou Christou) is notoriously difficult since Paul uses it only once (Gal 6:2) in his letters (although there is the related expression “subject to the law of Christ” [ennomos Christou] in 1 Cor 9:21), and since the use of the phrase in
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LAW A pervasive concept in the biblical texts. For the most part, law was not a topic of abstract or philosophical reflection but was the concrete manifestation of God’s will made known to his people. “Law” almost invariably means the Mosaic Law or Torah, which came to Israel through the mediation of
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
lawThe relationship between Christians and the Mosaic Torah was one of the most disputed and complex issues in the early church. The law comes to the forefront in the Pauline writings (see DPL, Law) and receives considerable attention in the Synoptics and the Gospel of John (see DJG, Law). In the literature
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Law. The word is properly used, in Scripture as elsewhere, to express a definite commandment laid down by any recognized authority; but when the word is used with the article, and without any words of limitation, it refers to the expressed will of God, and in nine cases out of ten to the Mosaic law,
Key passages
Ge 2:16–17

And Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “From every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”

Dt 10:12–13

And now, Israel, what is Yahweh your God asking from you, except to revere Yahweh your God, to go in all his ways and to love him and to serve Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul, to keep the commandments of Yahweh and his statutes that I am commanding you today …

Ps 1:1–2

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the advice of the wicked; nor does he stand in the way of sinners; nor does he sit in the assembly of mockers. Instead, in the law of Yahweh is his delight, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Je 31:33

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares Yahweh: “I will put my law in their inward parts and on their hearts I will write it, and I will be to them God, and they themselves will be to me people.

Mt 5:17–19

“Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy them but to fulfill them. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one tiny letter or one stroke of a letter will pass …

Ga 3:19–24

Why then the law? It was added on account of transgressions, until the descendant should come to whom it had been promised, having been ordered through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now the mediator is not for one, but God is one. Therefore is the law opposed to …

See also
Ge 2:8–25; Ge 8:20–9:17; Ge 26:1–5; Ex 12:43–51; Ex 13:3–10; Ex 15:22–17:7; Ex 18:1–27; Ex 20:1–17; Ex 20:22–23:33; Ex 24:9–18; Ex 31:12–18; Ex 35:1–3; Le 1:1–8:36; Le 11:1–22:33; Le 24:10–23; Le 25:18–22; Le 25:35–55; Le 27:1–34; Nu 6:1–21; Nu 15:1–41; Nu 18:1–19:22; Nu 27:1–11; Nu 28:1–30:16; Nu 35:9–36:13; Dt 1:1–8; Dt 4:1–40; Dt 4:44–7:11; Dt 8:1–9:29; Dt 10:12–22; Dt 12:1–28; Dt 14:3–18:14; Dt 19:1–25:16; Dt 26:1–28:14; Dt 28:45–57; Dt 30:1–20; Dt 31:9–13; Dt 32:39–47; Dt 33:1–29; Jos 8:30–35; Jos 22:1–9; Jos 23:1–24:28; 1 Sa 30:1–31; 1 Ki 2:1–9; 1 Ki 8:54–61; 1 Ki 9:1–9; 2 Ki 14:1–22; 2 Ki 17:5–23; 2 Ki 22:3–20; 1 Ch 6:49–53; 1 Ch 16:7–43; 1 Ch 22:1–19; 1 Ch 29:10–20; 2 Ch 6:12–42; 2 Ch 7:12–22; 2 Ch 12:1–12; 2 Ch 14:2–15:19; 2 Ch 17:1–19; 2 Ch 23:12–21; 2 Ch 25:1–4; 2 Ch 31:1–21; 2 Ch 33:1–9; 2 Ch 34:29–33; Ezr 3:1–7; Ezr 6:13–18; Ezr 7:1–28; Ezr 9:1–10:17; Ne 1:1–11; Ne 8:1–9:38; Ne 10:28–39; Ne 13:1–3; Es 1:1–22; Job 23:1–17; Ps 1:1–6; Ps 19:1–14; Ps 37:20–40; Ps 40:1–17; Ps 78:1–31; Ps 89:19–37; Ps 94:1–23; Ps 99:1–9; Ps 105:23–45; Ps 111:1–112:10; Ps 119:1–176; Ps 147:1–20; Pr 2:1–22; Pr 4:1–27; Pr 6:20–7:5; Pr 19:16; Pr 25:8–10; Pr 28:4; Pr 28:7; Pr 28:9; Pr 29:18; Ec 12:9–14; Is 2:1–4; Is 5:8–30; Is 24:1–23; Is 30:8–17; Is 33:17–24; Is 42:1–9; Is 42:21–25; Is 48:12–22; Is 51:1–16; Je 6:1–30; Je 8:4–9:16; Je 11:1–17; Je 16:1–13; Je 17:19–27; Je 26:1–24; Je 31:31–40; Je 32:16–25; Je 44:1–30; Eze 5:1–17; Eze 7:1–27; Eze 11:1–25; Eze 18:1–18; Eze 20:1–32; Eze 22:23–31; Eze 33:12–20; Eze 36:16–38; Eze 37:15–28; Eze 43:1–12; Eze 43:18–44:31; Eze 45:9–46:18; Da 6:10–17; Da 9:1–19; Ho 4:1–10; Ho 8:1–14; Am 2:4–5; Mic 4:1–5; Hab 1:2–4; Zep 3:1–7; Hag 2:10–14; Zec 1:1–6; Zec 7:8–8:23; Mal 3:1–7; Mal 4:1–6; Mt 5:17–48; Mt 7:12; Mt 8:1–4; Mt 12:1–13; Mt 15:1–20; Mt 19:1–26; Mt 22:15–40; Mt 23:1–36; Mk 1:40–45; Mk 2:23–3:5; Mk 7:1–23; Mk 10:1–12; Mk 10:17–22; Mk 12:13–34; Lk 1:5–10; Lk 2:21–35; Lk 2:39–50; Lk 5:12–15; Lk 6:1–11; Lk 10:25–28; Lk 13:10–17; Lk 14:1–6; Lk 16:14–17; Lk 18:18–27; Lk 20:19–38; Jn 1:14–18; Jn 1:43–51; Jn 7:14–24; Jn 7:45–8:30; Jn 10:22–42; Jn 12:27–36; Jn 13:31–35; Jn 14:8–21; Jn 15:1–25; Jn 18:28–19:16; Ac 1:1–3; Ac 6:8–15; Ac 7:37–43; Ac 7:51–53; Ac 10:24–43; Ac 13:13–41; Ac 15:1–21; Ac 18:1–17; Ac 21:15–23:10; Ac 23:23–35; Ac 24:10–21; Ac 25:1–12; Ac 28:17–31; Ro 1:18–2:29; Ro 3:9–31; Ro 4:13–25; Ro 5:12–8:11; Ro 9:1–5; Ro 9:30–10:13; Ro 13:8–10; 1 Co 6:1–11; 1 Co 7:17–24; 1 Co 9:1–23; 1 Co 10:23–11:1; 1 Co 14:20–40; 1 Co 15:50–58; 2 Co 3:1–18; Ga 2:11–4:7; Ga 4:21–6:5; Ga 6:11–15; Eph 2:14–18; Eph 6:1–4; Php 3:1–11; 1 Ti 1:3–11; 1 Ti 6:11–16; Tt 3:9–11; Heb 7:1–8:13; Heb 9:16–22; Heb 10:1–18; Heb 10:26–39; Jas 1:21–2:13; Jas 4:11–12; 2 Pe 3:1–9; 1 Jn 2:3–11; 1 Jn 3:4–9; 1 Jn 3:16–4:6; 1 Jn 4:20–5:5; 2 Jn 4–6; Re 12:13–18; Re 14:6–13;