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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The law of seduction is to be regarded as belonging to the law of tort, making it clear that a male seducer (presumably, even a married one) does not commit the crime of adultery, proscribed by the Decalogue, if he seduces an unbetrothed virgin. A. Phillips's general hypothesis that the Decalogue represents ancient Israel's criminal law has attracted relatively little support. There is, however, one respect in which the seduction law is connected with family law, namely, the slavery laws at the beginning of the collection. In the seduction law, just as in the slavery laws, a man may not engage in sexual intercourse with a woman without offering the latter a permanent status. That theme, so it appears, ‘frames’ the Mishpatim in their final form.

Keywords: law; seduction; tort; Decalogue; Israel; Mishpatim; family law; sexual intercourse; adultery; slavery laws

Chapter.  10334 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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