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The Rhetoric of Precedent and Fulfillment in the Sermon on the Mount and the Common Law

Neoh Fei, Joshua


The intertwined rhetoric of precedent and fulfillment underlies the biblical rhetoric of the Sermon on the Mount and the legal rhetoric of the common law. This article wants to draw a parallelism between how Jesus approaches the corpus of Mosaic law in the Sermon on the Mount and how judges approach the corpus of the common law in case after case. Both Jesus and common law judges are fulfillers, not followers, of precedents. The follower of precedent repeats the norms of the past in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Law, Culture and the Humanities
DOI: 10.1177/1743872113494699


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