Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the attitude toward animals in the Pentateuch and ancient Near Eastern legal codes. Employing a comparative approach, it analyzes criminal and tort law in relation to animals and their carers—stealing and finding animals used in factory farms, the responsibility of watchmen and renters, and that of the legal "owners" of animals who cause damage. Demonstrating how animals form part of the biblical ethical system, in which ethical demands become binding statutes, it looks at why this process only occurred in the Hebrew Bible and not in other ancient Near Eastern cultures.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-1267
Print ISSN
2156-5414
Pages
pp. 166-181
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-28
Open Access
No
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