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The Institutes of Biblical Law

R.J. Rushdoony

To attempt to study Scripture without studying its law is to deny it. To attempt to understand Western civilization apart from the impact of Biblical law within it and upon it is to seek a fictitious history and to reject twenty centuries and their progress.

The Institutes of Biblical Law has as its purpose a reversal of the present trend. it is called “Institutes” in the older meaning of the that word, i.e., fundamental principles, here of law, because it is intended as a beginning, as an instituting consideration of that law which must govern society, and which shall govern society under God.

To understand Biblical law, it is necessary to understand also certain basic characteristics of that law. In it, certain broad premises or principles are declared. These are declarations of basic law. The Ten Commandments give us such declarations.

A second characteristics of Biblical law, is that the major portion of the law is case law, i.e., the illustration of the basic principle in terms of specific cases. These specific cases are often illustrations of the extent of the application of the law; that is, by citing a minimal type of case, the necessary jurisdictions of the law are revealed.

The law, then, asserts principles and cites cases to develop the implications of those principles, with is purpose and direction the restitution of God’s order.

IBL06: Sixth Commandment

1. Sixth Commandment (49 min.)

2. The Death Penalty (67 min.)

3. Origins of the State: Its Prophetic Office (48 min.)

4. To Make Alive (36 min.)

5. Hybridization and Law (53 min.)

6. Abortion (39 min.)

7. Responsibility and Law (41 min.)

8. Restitution and Restoration (47 min.)

9. Military Laws (45 min.)

10. Taxation (45 min.)

11. Love and the Law (47 min.)

12. Coercion (45 min.)

13. Christ and the Law (46 min.)

14. The Laws of Quarantine (50 min.)

15. Dietary Laws (41 min.)

16. Work (44 min.)

17. Amalek (58 min.)

18. Amalek and Violence (47 min.)

19. Violence as Presumption (44 min.)

20. The Social Inheritance of Land Marks (36 min.)

IBL07: Seventh Commandment

1. Marriage (49 min.)

2. Marriage and Man (53 min.)

3. Marriage and Woman (59 min.)

4. Nakedness (48 min.)

5. Family Law (45 min.)

6. Monogamy (44 min.)

7. Incest (38 min.)

8. Law of the Levirate (52 min.)

9. Sex and Crime (42 min.)

10. Sex and Religion (47 min.)

11. Adultery (52 min.)

12. The Law of Divorce (51 min.)

13. The Family as Trustee (50 min.)

14. Homosexuality (45 min.)

15. Uncovering the Springs (48 min.)

16. Mediatorial Work of the Law (51 min.)

17. The Transvestite (54 min.)

18. Bestiality (38 min.)

19. The Architecture of Life (52 min.)

20. Faithfulness (45 min.)

IBL08: Eighth Commandment

1. Dominion (47 min.)

2. Theft (49 min.)

3. Restitution and Forgiveness (47 min.)

4. Liability and the Bystander (54 min.)

5. Money and Measures (61 min.)

6. Usury (56 min.)

7. Responsibility (40 min.)

8. Stealing Freedom (52 min.)

9. Landmarks and Land (55 min.)

10. The Virgin Birth and Property (39 min.)

11. Fraud (42 min.)

12. Eminent Domain (50 min.)

13. Labor Laws (62 min.)

14. Robbing God (52 min.)

15. Prisons (56 min.)

16. Lawful Wealth (52 min.)

17. Restitution to God (47 min.)

18. Rights of Strangers, Widows, and Orphans (40 min.)

19. Injustice as Robbery (62 min.)

20. Theft and Law (53 min.)

IBL09: Ninth Commandment

1. Tempting God (51 min.)

2. Sanctification and the Law (53 min.)

3. The False Prophet (55 min.)

4. Jesus Christ as the Witness (40 min.)

5. Witness of the False Prophet (50 min.)

6. Corroboration (52 min.)

7. Perjury (48 min.)

8. False Witness (28 min.)

9. False Freedom (49 min.)

10. The Lying Tongue (47 min.)

11. Slander Within Marriage (37 min.)

12. Slander (47 min.)

13. Slander of Theft (39 min.)

14. Every Idle Word (51 min.)

15. Trial by Ordeal (47 min.)

16. Judges (47 min.)

17. The Responsibility of Judges (36 min.)

18. The Court (45 min.)

19. Procedures of the Court (51 min.)

20. Judgment of the Court (51 min.)

21. Perfection (47 min.)

IBL10: Tenth Commandment

1. Covetousness (47 min.)

2. The Law in Force (47 min.)

3. Special Privilege (54 min.)

4. Offenses Against Neighbors (43 min.)

5. The System (48 min.)

IBL11: Promises of the Law

1. The Use of the Law (57 min.)

2. The Law and the Ban (47 min.)

3. Curses and Blessings (54 min.)

4. The Unlimited Liability Universe (42 min.)

IBL12: Law in the Old Testament

1. God the King (51 min.)

2. The Law and the Prophets (46 min.)

3. Natural and Supernatural Law (51 min.)

4. Law as Direction and Life (46 min.)

5. The Law and the Covenant (53 min.)

IBL13: The Law and the New Testament

1. Christ and the Law (44 min.)

2. Woman Taken in Adultery (53 min.)

3. Antinomianism Attacked (60 min.)

4. The Transfiguration (32 min.)

5. The Kingdom of God (50 min.)

6. The Tribute Money (45 min.)

7. The Cultural Mandate (54 min.) 

8. Law in Acts and Epistles (51 min.)

IBL14: Church Law

1. The Eldership (40 min.)

2. Office of Elder in the Church (53 min.)

3. The Christian Passover (52 min.)

4. Circumcision and Baptism (45 min.)

5. The Priesthood of All Believers (41 min.)

6. Discipline (47 min.)

7. Rebuke and Excommunication (46 min.)

8. Power and Authority (55 min.)

9. Peace (51 min.)

Appendix: Law in Western Society (56 min.)