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Inventing God's LawHow the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi$
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David P. Wright

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304756.001.0001

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Debt-Slavery and the Seduction of a Maiden (Exodus 21:2–11; 22:15–16)

Debt-Slavery and the Seduction of a Maiden (Exodus 21:2–11; 22:15–16)

(p.123) 5 Debt-Slavery and the Seduction of a Maiden (Exodus 21:2–11; 22:15–16)
Inventing God's Law

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This chapter (through Chapter 12) begins the second part of the book, which discusses the compositional logic of the Covenant Code—how the Laws of Hammurabi and other sources were altered and revised to create the Covenant Code. Chapter 5 provides a detailed analysis of the debt-slave laws (Exodus 21:2–11) and the law about seducing an unbetrothed maiden (Exodus 22:15–16). It shows that almost every law in 21:2–11 is based on a stimulus in Hammurabi's text. It also explains how the Covenant Code used the logic of the seduction law to create or support the law about a daughter becoming the wife of her father's creditor to pay off a debt.

Keywords:   compositional logic, slavery, women, gender and law, seduction, rape, poverty

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