Western civilization has held society members responsible for what they do and and the damage they cause for some 4,000 years. As early as the Book of Exodus, in addition to awarding damages to compensate people injured by the careless or malicious acts of others, the Bible also recognized that it was important to impose punitive-type damages to punish intentionally wrongful acts that interfered with society’s most important activities in a society that depended on agriculture and farming as its primary means for support and sustenance.
Please join me in my sixth and final short talk in a series of videos devoted to understanding the Bible as the basis for our civil justice system’s compensation of those who are hurt by the act of others, and the evolution of punitive damages to punish those who deserve it, as reflected in today’s American law.
During presidential election years in particular, there is much talk about what is wrong with our civil justice system. Yet many people don’t recognize that our tort law has its foundation in the Bible. Here in the fifth of my video series, The Bible and Our Civil Justice System, I discuss the evolution of modern products liability law from biblical times to today.
Today’s rules reflect the laws established to protect citizens from the risks presented by oxen in biblical times. l also discuss the Bible’s version of construction defect law and the origins of modern uniform building and construction codes.
Please join me as I trace the evolution of today’s product liability law over the past 4,000 years.
In biblical times oxen performed duties in society that are now accomplished by oil, power and machinery. These very important animals were big, strong, and potentially dangerous. The evolution of modern American law on civil liability and compensatory damages goes back to the bible’s discussion of the law relating to oxen in Exodus XXI.
Our modern civil justice system has its foundation in the bible and reflects an evolution of beliefs and increased knowledge since the earliest development of western civilization, starting some 4,000 years ago.
Hammurabi, the first king of the Babylonian Empire, is known for one of the first written codes of law in recorded history and the initial presentation of the “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” philosophy.
Please join me in my third in a series of videos devoted to understanding the history of the bible and our civil justice system as I discuss the evolution of civil damages, the bible’s version of construction defect law and the first known evidence of uniform building and construction codes.
I often hear people say that something is wrong with our civil justice system. Yet most people don’t recognize that the bible provided the foundation for tort law beginning with the story of human society’s first family, Adam and Eve, and their sons Cain and Abel, in the fourth chapter of Genesis.
Please watch this second part of my video series, The Bible and Our Civil Justice System. I discuss how law was designed to incorporate the responsibilities we have to each other and the importance God ‘s plan places on ensuring that we all have access to justice.
In this first in a series of six videos, Steven Kazan lays the foundation for an understanding of the origins of law and its evolution over the centuries. Learn about the role of the Romans in the development of civilization and how the Romans’ adoption of Christianity led to the bible becoming the source from which our civil justice system operates today.