From my study of religion, time and time again I come across writings and statements that point out to the similarities between the Law we have in the Torah alone and the laws of other near East peoples and societies. There are instances when the similarities are so strong they look like they were copied and pasted. That doesn’t mean there are no difference, of course there are, but my interest is in the points where we can see and at times conclude that there was copying going on.
From a religious Jewish point of view, one that holds to the belief that the written Law was given to us by G-d through Moses, how do you approach this issue? Because what someone who is not religious take from the similarities is that it is just another group copying laws and rules from others and forming them in their own way and context, and therefore, there is nothing supernatural about it.