Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B004UJOU7Q
- Publication date : March 30, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1435 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 424 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,505 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thought-provoking and enlightening was the handling of slavery. Their system lasted over 1,000 years while the US's foray into it was doomed, lasting only about 5 generations because it was evil and unsustainable.
In their world a father could sell his children into slavery, but a slave was actually an unpaid servant, a level on a continuium that had at least 2 levels of paid servant above it. It appeared people had slaves that were taught a trade and opened a storefront, then the owner just took a percentage of the profits. The slave kept his own house, married, had children and could even save up to buy his freedom. Parents appeared to sell their children into slavery so the children would be fed and clothed; it was a type of welfare. Owners filed documents to adopt their slaves as heirs for their estate. A child with one free parent (either one) was born free.
It borders on humorous that slave sales came with a money-back guarantee.
This book provides an accurate view to Biblical times slavery. I recommend it to anyone wanting a window into a society that functioned pretty much the same for over 1,000 years because it worked; it provided a safety net for the poor, a way up for the ambitious, and fairness in commerce. Its stabiliy bespeaks of a system that is a good fit for human nature, unlike our laws today that change drastically every 15-30 years because we're not getting it right. If you're looking for tried-and-true legal systems, look at what worked for 2,000 years with little change.
It's different, and it's rough, but look at our own legal system and be truly cognizant how many people are abused in it before you judge. For example, it's enlightening that the very things we aim to do--such as mixing the social classes via busing and integration--they did via placing poor children in well-off people's homes. Their system ensured all the classes mixed, something our society tries to do with unpopular laws.