Bible study 175 – Deuteronomy 23

People who cannot be part of the “assembly of the Lord” (which according to the Oxford Bible is a kind of legislature): Those with crushed testicles; descendants (to the tenth generation) of “illicit” unions, Ammonites, and Moabites. The Edomites are only banned until the third generation, since they are the descendants of of Jacob’s brother Esau.

Soldiers in military camps are to make clean latrines, and must wash themselves after “nocturnal emissions”.

Escaped slaves shouldn’t be returned to their owners. I think this only applies to slaves who escaped from other countries, or else the whole slavery system would get really complicated.

Israelites should never become prostitutes, though again, someone clearly are.

Israelites should never charge interest on loans to other Israelites (Exodus 22 prescribed the same, but only for poor people).

Be careful when you make vows to God.

Children would love ancient Israel, since it is allowed to go into other people’s gardens and steal their fruit and other produce, as long as you eat it on the spot.

Deuteronomy 23:13
With your utensils you shall have a trowel; when you relieve yourself outside, you shall dig a hole with it and then cover up your excrement.

Deuteronomy 23:24
If you go into your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat your fill of grapes, as many as you wish, but you shall not put any in a container.

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