Anti-swearing law

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu Feb 24 03:06:42 UTC 2000

Very reative indeed. I don't think the lot of any of them was particularly
good, I was refering to the fact that some slaves were bound by law to be
released after a fixed period of time and others continued to serve

On Wed, 23 Feb 2000, James E. Clapp wrote:

> A. Maberry wrote:
> >
> > Some classes of slaves certainly had more rights than others, and none
> > were supposed to be ill-treated.
> Of course, ill-treated is a relative term.  As quoted and explained at
> (where much more on all of
> this can be found),
> "The owner would have to avoid beating the slave to death.  But it was
> acceptable to beat a slave so that he/she was mortally injured and died
> a day or so later:
>       Exodus 21:20-21 'And if a man smite his servant, or his maid,
>       with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely
>       punished.  Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he
>       shall not be punished: for he is his money [property].'"
> I hope the people who want to put up the Ten Commandments all over the
> place plan to include this little gloss on the "Thou shalt not
> kill/murder/put anyone to death without cause" commandment.  Though I
> would prefer something more clear to today's audience than this King
> James translation:  "male slave" and "female slave" for servant and
> maid, "linger" for continue, and "property" for money.
> James E. Clapp

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