Utterly Destroy--If possible, diplomacy should go ahead of war, to avoid conflict with neighboring peoples.
Exemptions from War--Here again a situation involving war is in view, and criteria are advanced for the preservation of the people and the nation.
Family First--We note here, first of all, that there were situations in which war was necessary and legitimate in ancient Israel.
Runaway Slaves--Remember that slaves could marry and have a family.
A Different Institution--Slavery – here, probably something like indentured servitude – was an option for the poor.
Slaves and the Law--Here is another evidence of the fact that slavery in ancient Israel was not at all like the chattel slavery practiced in early America and elsewhere.
A Slave of One’s Daughter?--This is difficult to understand.
Conversation is hard work.
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Everything about our current cultural consensus encourages involvement with pornography.
Who are the "least of these"?