Biblical Nuggets: Casuistic Law

Casuistic Law: A form of law characterized by an “if … then” condition where an action and its consequences are stipulated, and mitigating circumstances or considerations are specified. A biblical example is Exodus 21:12-13: “Whoever strikes a person mortally shall be put to death. If it was not premeditated, but came about by an act of God, then I will appoint for you a place to which the killer may flee.” It stands in contrast to *apodictic law.


Arthur G. Patzia;Anthony J. Petrotta. Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies (p. 23). Kindle Edition.

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