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Bibil Identifier bibil:221080
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) ‘For a Pair of Shoes’
Title (English, ) A New Light on an Obscure Verse in Amos’ Prophecy
Author Shveka, Avi
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 95-114 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper suggests a new interpretation of Amos’ accusation against Israel, “Because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes” (Amos 2:6). Based on the Hittite law 22a, which states that the captor of a runaway slave shall be rewarded with a pair of shoes, we suggest that Amos condemns the extradition of runaway slaves to their masters. In light of this, we conclude that Amos objected to the principle of debt-slavery, and that he, like some other biblical authors, regarded the enslavement of free persons as legitimate only as punishment for criminal offences. In general, this interpretation should also be applied to the similar phrase in Amos 8:6. However, whilst in chapter eight Amos condemns the rich slave-owners, in chapter two his admonition is targeted at the entire people, who allow the existence of such unjust norms.
DOI 10.1163/156853311X580680
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Asia Minor (Hittites, Hurrians) : Hittites : Literature : Legal Texts : Codes of Laws
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Slave
Pericopes Amos 2,6
Amos 8,6
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