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Law in that verse is written with a capital L. Judging from christians' usual egocentricity towards their religion, it's talking about the Bible, not the "law of man".
No, it is not.  I thought you were joking but I scanned down and unfortunately you were not.

The New Testament was written in Greek.  The Book of Revelations shows signs (14:14) of having been written originally in a Semitic language and badly translated.

None of the ancient languages had either:

   Spaces between the words.
   Punctuation -- not even a period at the end of a sentence.
   Paragraph breaks.
   Lower case letters.

THEYWEREALLCAPITALSANDBECAUSETHEREWERENOSPACESTHEYWEREVERYHARDTOREADYOUSEETHATDONTYOUTH
EYALSOBROKEWORDSATTHEENDOFALINEHOWCANSOMEONEREADAJUMBLELIKETHISWHATTHEREADERHADTODOWAS
READITOUTLOUDORATLEASTSOTTOVOCEANDLISTENTOHISOWNVOICEANOUTSTANDINGTRICKOFJULIUSCAESAREWA
STHATLIKEAMODERNHECOULDREADSILENTLYHEWASONCEREADINGANOTESILENTLYINFRONTOFAPOLITICALOPPONE
NTCATOKNOWNASCATOTHEYOUNGERANDSMILEDCRAFTILYITWASALOVENOTEFROMCATOSSISTERANYONEELSEWOUL
DHAVEHADTOREADITOUTLOUDORMUTTERED

Aristophanes of Byzantium, chief librarian of the Library of Alexandria, had invented punctuation about 200 BC but samples of common writing from the period of the Bible showed it did not catch on quickly. "It wasn’t until the 2nd century AD that the accents and breathings appeared sporadically in the papyruses. The need for the diacritics arose from the gradual divergence between spelling and pronunciation."[1] The biggest boost it had was the death of spoken Latin in the 6th and 7th century CE.  For instance one writer trying to use Latin don't know the difference between "in monte" (=on a mountain) and "in montem" (=onto a mountain).  Still, all the writing was in Latin but very bad Latin.  We have Roman manuscripts from this time where someone has added dots to mark the spaces between the words.

In the dark ages a style of writing was used to save space on parchment and it was called minuscule.  basically it was lower case and a capital was only preserved at the beginning of a chapter or page. even christ was not capitalized.  see the lindesfarne gospels for that.  there were such oddities as spelling his title crist but using a modified chi-ro symbol to start it.

In the Renaissance the majuscule letters got their modern distinction as capitalization.

 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytonic_orthography
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screwtape historic February 24, 2012, 09:18:28 AM