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  •  Leviticus vs. Code of Hammurabi (0+ / 0-)

    To us, Leviticus looks pretty bloodthirsty and offers a bunch of strange strictures.  Leviticus is much gentler than the Code of Hammurabi in most (not all) cases and far more likely to visit the penalty for a violation upon the violator.  

    If Aleph killed Beth's son, under Moses' law Aleph would be killed and under Hammurabi's, Aleph's son would be killed.

    Conservatives would probably approve of Hammurabi's abortion policy:  the man striking another man's wife and causing a miscarriage would have his daughter killed under Hammurabi;  under Moses the man would pay a fine.

    So, in general, Leviticus is more just than Codex Hammurabi.

    2009: Year of the Donkey. Let's not screw it up.

    by Yamaneko2 on Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 04:12:14 PM PST

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