Exodus 21:1-32

The laws in this portion concern relations between people, particularly those between slaves and masters. While slavery is tolerated, its severity is mitigated in various ways.

  1. What are the principles underlying the laws about persons?
    In particular, what kind of relationship between slave and master is contemplated in verses 2-6?
    Cf. also Deut. 15:12-18; Jer. 34:12-17.
  2. For what a kind of transgression was the death penalty inflicted?
    See also 22:18-20; 31:15.
    Why is this?
    Cf. Mark 9:43-48.