Deut21&22 - Cindy Garrison Exo/Deut April 17, 2008...

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Cindy Garrison Exo/Deut May 12, 2009 Deuteronomy 21 and 22 Verse 21.4 instructs that the priests should “break the heifer’s neck” using the same wording as Exodus 13.13 and 34.20. Exodus is talking about how to redeem the first born of unclean livestock, and the firstborn’s neck must be broken if it is not redeemed. This is a non-sacrificial type of killing. This reference to Exodus is used in order to clarify instructions. The Israelites knew what it meant to “break the neck” of an animal because of the verses in Exodus, and thus, were able to understand the instructions in Deuteronomy 12.4. Verses 22.1-4 revise and extend the rules set down in Exodus 23.4. Exodus says that you must return you enemy’s livestock if it is found wandering. Deuteronomy changes the wording to your neighbor . You are to return it to who ever it belongs to, and if you do not know, you must keep it until it is claimed by its owner. Also, you are not to take out any anger you have against another man upon his livestock. The author used a reference to Exodus in order to expand the
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