Property in the Bible

Geoffrey P. Miller

New York University School of Law

December 18, 2013

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-86

The Bible is a rich source of information about the theory and practice of property law in ancient times. The text deals insightfully with the concept of the root of title and sets forth sensible rules for defining property rights, protecting those rights against infringement, and facilitating transfers of ownership. Overall, the institutions of ancient Israel responded in an efficient way to the challenge of administering a regime of private property under technological conditions which were substantially less advanced than those which prevail today.

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Date posted: December 19, 2013 ; Last revised: December 21, 2013

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Miller, Geoffrey P., Property in the Bible (December 18, 2013). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-86. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2369435 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2369435

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