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.
- 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.
- 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.