A topic that was discussed among peers was that the Ten Commandments of Christian and Jewish faith were based off the Code of Hammurabi.
I looked into the Wikipedia article and was informed that David P. Wright, author of Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi suggests that the Code of Hammurabi was the basis of the Ten Commandments.
I got a hold of the book online here
Unfortunately, the book showed comparisons between those written in exodus and the code of hammurabi. How does it relate to the Ten Commandments?
Now, I am skeptical about it. To me the Ten Commandments and The Code of Hammurabi are two very different writings.
The code of Hammurabi, to me, is a much more technical in writing (kind of like our modern laws)
Example: -§8 : If any one steal cattle or sheep, or an ass, or a pig or a goat, if it belong to a god or to the court, the thief shall pay thirtyfold therefor; if they belonged to a freed man of the king he shall pay tenfold; if the thief has nothing with which to pay he shall be put to death.
Whereas the Ten Commandments are Virtues that people of faith should live by Example:"Thou shall not steal"
My conclusion at the moment is that no, The Ten Commandments was not based of the Code of Hammurabi because the two are entirely different.
Am I wrong?