A fulfilled ethical life is a desire that in Israel is closely integrated with the observance of
laws and legal instructions. The specific way, in which this aspect is concretised, is not the
fundamental aspect for the biblical authors. In Pentateuch there are in fact a lot of legal codes.
In prophetical writings these are often called into question and in the Second Temple period
there are also attempts to correct biblical legislation, which are not in our biblical canon like the
qumranic Temple Scroll. The differences between legal codes in the Bible and in the writings
of the Second Temple period are above all witnesses that it is possible to correct, to interpret, to
actualise and to rewrite laws, which remains authoritative for the people or for a part of it.