We know a lot about him because in 1901 archaeologists unearthed a 7 foot high stonemonument which had written on it was a code to 300 laws by Hammurabi.
The code itself explainsthat laws were written “tocause justice to prevail inthe land, to destroy thewicked and to further thewelfare of the people.”
One of the ways that menlive alongside oneanother in peace is tohave laws that everyoneagrees to live by.
Before these laws were discovered, historiansthought that there must not have been any lawsin existence in early history.
Hammurabi proved them wrong. In the code, this King set standards for land deals, trading, loans, debts, wages, and even witchcraft.What should be done to the man who builds a house that falls & kills the owner?What should be done about a wife who ignores her duties & belittles her husband?What happens if a man is unable to pay his debts?What should happen to a boy who slaps his father?How is the truth determined when one man brings an accusation against another?
The significance of these laws becomes clearer whenyou stop to think about Moses. God was giving him the laws for the Israelites near this time in history as well.
Exodus Leviticus Numbers DeuteronomyThere are similarities in the Code of Hammurabi and the law God gave Moses, but there are some differences as well.
The Ten Commandments and other laws Godgave Moses had to with worship of one God aswell as with relationships between man.
Hammurabi doesn’t address the worship of one God.Moses gave God all the glory in the laws he recorded. Hammurabi gave glory to himself.
God’s laws are always right, with theconsequences to sin being just and fair.
Hieroglyphics were pictures that the Egyptians drew and carve into items to communicate words of their language.
They were used for thousands of years.Inside the tombs and pyramids, on vases and statues, these carvings were made that communicated stories of the Egyptian life.
These pictures tell us about their life and beliefs.