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Patriarchal Law is often mentioned but rarely do we understand what it is The English term patriarch derives from the Greek patriarches which is actually made of two words - pater meaning father and arches meaning head or founder A patriarch is the head of a house - the founder or ruler of a tribe family or clan Patriarchal Law is simply the name given to the law that governed all men from the time of Adam to the time of Moses and for all until the Christian disbursement began Lyons Min 2002 People began to acknowledge that laws were to be obeyed and that laws were also based on the principle of what is morally right Each person could obey or disobey but at least part of this law included their conscience Together these laws and eternal principles written in the hearts of man made up what is commonly known as The Patriarchal Law Laws were then passed down from generation to generation As society evolves law develops Throughout history even in the absence of courts and legislature there was law This law was a blend of custom morality religion and magic The visible authority was the ruler or chief who was majority of the time male If the laws or customs as they are often referred to were broken the male ruler or chief would deal with the members and would be the one to pass down a punishment Tribal society gradually evolved into territorial confederations Governmental structures emerged and modern law began to take shape The most significant historical example is Roman law which influenced most of the legal systems of the world The Romans developed the Twelve Tables of Rome these were engraved on bronze tablets in the 5th century BC They were largely a declaration of existing customs concerning such matters as property payment of debts and appropriate compensation or other remedies for damage to persons Morin 1998 The
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