Thread: 7-9-13
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Old September 9 2013, 07:20 PM   #44
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Re: 7-9-13

farmkid wrote: View Post
In fact, the Code of Hammurabi has law #12 followed by law #14.
You are refering to the English transcription by L.W. King from 1915, I suppose? He accidentially left out law #12, gave the actual #13 erroneousely the number 12 and then continued correctly with 14.
There is a correct and complete translation by Gressmann from 1926 available in German.

The law King left out is: (please pardon my somewhat free phrasing - I am unfamiliar with English legal terms)

#12: if the seller has died meanwhile, the purchaser is allowed to take from his house a sum 5 times worth the sum of what the legal fight is about.

Then follows #13 (wrongly numbered 12 by King): If the witnesses be not at hand, then shall the judge set a limit at the expiration of 6 months. ... etc.etc.

After that comes #14 (correctly numbered again): if anyone steal the minor son of another, he shall be put to death. (Here King makes a slight mistake: it's actually: if anyone steals a freeborn minor (freeborn as opposed to a slave which case will be dealt woth in rule #15)
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