They belonged to an age when written law had not yet taken the place of custom and tradition.
How, if at all, can the written law of a state or country be changed?
The Mosaic is the written law of the Jews; the Mishna, the oral.
The written law is binding, but the unwritten law is much more so.
Such, then, is the comparative certainty of the natural and the written law.
All which exceptions are not made in the written law, but are presumed.
Still the people are to apply the written law or apply it not.
But the attempt to reduce these rights to written law was most unfortunate.
On this point the written law and public opinion are in perfect accord.
This sect believed in the written law as handed down from the time of Moses; but not in the oral or traditional law.