Dr. Yoni Pomeranz holds a B.A. in Classics from Princeton and a Ph.D. in Ancient Judaism from Yale. He is currently a student at Stanford Law School.
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Rabbinic Battery Law in Light of Roman Rule
The rabbinic laws of personal injury differ markedly from those in the Torah. They are, however, substantially similar to the laws of personal injury that guided Roman courts in Palestine in the second century CE. Reading m. Bava Kamma 8 alongside Roman law codes reveals the influence that Roman law had on rabbinic law and the rejection of a strict “eye for an eye” law, the calculation of נזק by valuing the victim as a slave, and the idea that an assailant could be liable for payments for בושת.