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date: 22 May 2022

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This chapter examines the treatment of women, children, slaves, and foreigners in biblical law, focusing on a few topics related to each of these groups that highlight some methodological issues and current debates within the field. Topics covered include the adultery and rape laws, deviant behavior by children and its punishment, the slavery manumission laws, the case of the daughter sold into slavery in Exodus 21:7–11, and the identity and status of the ger in biblical law. Some of the issues discussed in the context of these topics are the relationship between the content of the legal collections and law as it was actually practiced in ancient Israel and the relative dating of each of the legal collections and the relationship between them.

Keywords: biblical law, adultery, children, daughters, foreigners, manumission, rape, slaves, sons, women

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