Since the family is the primary institution whereby the Dominion Covenant [Gen. 1:26-28] is to be extended, laws were given to protect the property of families. The Jubilee laws of Lev. 25:1f. insured a family that it would always have land so that dominion could be exercised. Property could not be taxed. Even the father could not dispossess his family from the land because of carelessness, poor stewardship, or debt.
- Gary DeMar, God and Government: Issues in Biblical Perspective 78, Vol. 2 (2nd. ed. 1990).