By Bernard M. Levinson
Since antiquity, the 5 books of Moses have served as a sacred structure, foundational for either Jews and Samaritans. in spite of the fact that lengthy the method of accepting the Pentateuch as authoritative tôrâ ("instruction") took, this was once via all bills a huge success within the heritage of those peoples and certainly an immense second within the heritage of the traditional global. within the lengthy improvement of Western societies, the Pentateuch has served as a huge impression at the improvement of legislation, political philosophy, and social notion. The query is: how, the place, and why did this technique of recognition ensue, whilst did it happen, and the way lengthy did it take?