8.13.2 Parents may not be struck, cursed, or treated with contempt, on penalty of death (Exod. 21:15, 17). The son denounced by parents as totally recalcitrant is stoned (Deut. 21:18–21).
The Pentateuchal codes have special regulations governing how war is to be waged.
9.1 Deuteronomy provides that an attacked city must be offered the chance to surrender. If they surrender, they become tribute slaves (mas) working for the state. If the city refuses to surrender, the men are to be killed and the women, children, and cattle taken as booty (Deut. 20:10–15). If, however, the city is local, it must be herem, šanathema, ” destroyed in dedication to God (Deut. 20:16–18). It should be noted that by the time Deuteronomy records this requirement, there are no local towns left to be conquered; this is a retrojection (cf. Josh. 2:12–14; 6:17–25).
9.2 During a siege, the fruit from fruit trees should be eaten and the trees are not to be destroyed. Non-food trees may be cut down to make siege works (Deut. 20:19–20).
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