Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Biblical studies, David Noel Freedman, Moses, Torah, Joseph Smith studies


In "The Formation of the Canon of the Old Testament," in Religion and Law: Biblical, Judaic, and Islamic Perspectives, (edited by Edwin Firmage, Bernard Weiss, and John Welch and published in 1990 by Eisenbrauns), David Noel Freedman discusses the legacy of Moses and his Torah to the Western world. This legacy, he believes, is "the merger of law and religion, the inseparable joint expression of the divine will, communicated by his prophet. If true religion involves the right relationship between humanity and deity, then the law 1s the way in which that relationship is defined and regulated." Freedman concludes his article by pointing out other examples in which law and religion are combined, drawing particular attention to Joseph Smith.