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 The unnecessary notation of the night as the time of crime demonstrates Nephite knowledge of this stipulation of the Mosaic code. On theft "by night" (Mosiah 21:21) as a capital crime, see J. Coert Rylaarsdam, The Book of Exodus (New York: Abingdon, 1952), 1002-3; and Samuel Greengus, "Law," in The Anchor Bible Dictionary, ed. David N. Freedman (New York: Doubleday, 1992), 4:249. According to Exodus 22:2, a thief who comes by night can be killed without "blood-guilt" penalty to the executioner, but only if caught at night.