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The Enduring Relevance of Biblical Law

HISTORY, CONTINUITY, AND RELEVANCE In the ninth century AD, King Alfred the Great began to codify English law with the Ten Commandments. In 1540 AD, King Henry VIII established seven cities of refuge based upon the biblical model of Numbers 27:1-11. The Puritan settlers of New England self-consciously planned their commonwealth after the pattern of biblical law, as can be seen from the Order of General Court of Massachusetts 1636 and the General Lawes of Plymouth Colony 1658. [1] English canon law was so substantially drawn from biblical law that, in reference to biblical regulations regarding inheritance and English inheritance law, the 19th century jurist, Sir Frederick Pollock, said of Numbers 27:1-11 that it was "the earliest recorded case which is still of authority." [2] When the civil government of Israel was first established, God addressed the seventy elders of the people and poured out his Spirit upon them ─ the first 'Pentecost' was a civic event, at the o…