Hammurabi ruled for nearly 42 years, c. 1792 to 1750 BC according to the Middle chronology. In the preface to the law, he states, Anu and Bel called by name me, Hammurabi, the exalted prince, who feared Marduk, the patron god of Babylon (The Human Record, Andrea & Overfield 2005), to bring about the rule in the land. On the stone slab there are 44 columns and 28 paragraphs that contained 282 laws. The laws follow along the rules of 'an eye for an eye'.
Procedure in case of the discovery of lost property 12. If the seller has in the meantime died, the buyer shall take from his estate fivefold the value sued for.Judgment by default 13. If a man has not his witnesses at hand, the judge shall set him a fixed time not exceeding six months, and if within six months he has not produced his witnesses, the man has lied; he shall bear the penalty of the suit.Kidnapping 14. If a man has stolen a child, he shall be put to death.Abduction of slave 15. If a man has induced either a male or female slave from the house of a patrician, or plebeian, to leave the city, he shall be put to death. Hammurabi, The Code of Hammurabi