Should a man have a wayward and rebellious son…his father and his mother shall seize him and bring him out to the elders of his town…and they shall say to the elders of his town, “This son of ours is wayward and rebellious…In a brilliant insight, Arnold B. Ehrlich notes that although the parents and the wayward and rebellious son live in the same town, the passage stresses elders of his town i.e. the son’s town. He infers from this that the elders must be people who see the wayward and rebellious son as one of their own – one who belongs in their town and will advocate for the boy.