Deuteronomic Law: Does God Command Women to Marry Their Rapists?
“no one in the bêt ʾāb was fully autonomous. Even the patriarch of the household was required to function within the corporate identity of the extended family.”
“the household itself constituted but a moment in the larger life of the ‘lineage.’” As a result, the family estate was a “continuous possession” that “linked generation to generation,” and no individual patriarch had to right to dispose of some portion of it for his own benefit. Rather, the land and resources of the bêt ʾāb were corporately owned, belonging to both past and future.”
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