Bernard S. Jackson

in Wisdom-Laws

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269311
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683596 | DOI:

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Exodus 21:18–27 comprises a series of casuistic paragraphs dealing with two types of ‘conflictual’ situation: quarrels between anashim which lead to blows, and the exercise of discipline by a master on his slave. Within the former, one also finds the talionic formula for bodily injuries. It is therefore possible to divide the material thematically: non-fatal injuries to free men; fatal and non-fatal injuries to dependants: the pregnant woman and the slave. Though this division is not watertight — one may need to speculate about the regulation of death and injuries to non-pregnant women and indeed children — it forms the basis of division of the material for this chapter. It discusses assault which occurs in the course of a quarrel — a case of intentional but unpremeditated injury.

Keywords: Exodus; quarrels; anashim; discipline; master; slave; assault; injury; non-fatal injuries; unpremeditated injury

Chapter.  22429 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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