Building the Bible

The First and Second Centuries C.E.

What is the oral law?

Along with the written Ten Commandments, God gave Moses a set of laws that were not written down, but transmitted orally. In addition to the laws transmitted by God, the oral law consisted of centuries of rulings and interpretations of the Torah. Up to the time of the destruction of the temple, these laws, too, were passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth.


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