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The act of capturing and holding a person using unlawful force and fraud. In modern times, a person is usually kidnapped for the purpose of extorting ransom. In biblical times the usual purpose for kidnapping was to use or sell the person into slavery (see Genesis 37:28; Genesis 40:15 ). NIV, NRSV translate the corresponding Greek term as “slave traders” (1 Timothy 1:10 ). Kidnapping freeborn Israelites either to treat them as slaves or to sell them into slavery was punishable by death (Exodus 21:16; Deuteronomy 24:7 ).

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kidnapping'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hbd/​k/kidnapping.html. 1991.
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