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MANSLAYER

man'-sla-er (meratstseach, from ratsach (Nu 35:6,12); androphonos (1 Tim 1:9)): A term employed with reference to both premeditated and accidental or justifiable killing. In the latter case, an asylum was granted (Nu 35:6,12) until the death of the high priest, after which the slayer was allowed to "return into the land of his possession" (Nu 35:28). The cases in which the manslayer was to be held clearly immune from the punishment imposed on willful killing were: (1) death by a blow in a sudden quarrel (Nu 35:22); (2) death by anything thrown at random (Nu 35:22,23); (3) death by the blade of an axe flying from the handle (Dt 19:5). Among the cases in which one would be held responsible for the death of another, is to be counted the neglectful act of building a house without a parapet (Dt 22:8).
Manslaughter, as a modern legal term, is employed to distinguish unpremeditated killing from coldblooded murder, but formerly (2 Esdras 1:26) it was used in a more general sense.
See MURDER.
Frank E. Hirsch
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'manslayer'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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