The Release and the Injunction to Give Loans in the Frame of the Social Laws in Deuteronomy
The law of release and the injunction to give loans belong to a series of social laws extant in Deuteronomy. The series comprises the following laws: Deut 15:1-6; 15:7-11; 15:12-18; 23:20-21; 24:12-13; 24:14-15. All of them present similarities of style, contents and purpose. They aim to establish a wide Israelite fraternity, headed and supervised by the Lord. Probably they had originally belonged to an independent collection; later they were incorporated into the Deuteronomic law collection and were arranged according to the associative principle.