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The Bible Slam: Leviticus Chapter 27

In the final chapter of Leviticus, there's a discussion about repaying vows and we get the value of human life in connection with these repayments.   God doesn't care for women very much:

  • A 20-60 year old man:   50 shekels
  • A woman:   30 shekels.
  • Males 5-20 years old:   20 shekels.
  • Females 5-20 years old:   10 shekels.
  • A 1-month-old to 5 year old male:   5 shekels of silver.
  • A 1-month-old to 5 year old female:   3 shekels of silver.
  • Men 60 or more years old:   15 shekels.
  • Women 60 or more years old:   10 shekels.

Clearly, Yahweh does not value human life less than a month year old (how's that for personhood) and does not value elderly people.

The rest of the chapter describes various repayment arrangements.

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Discussion Points.

Surely to suggest that the creator of the universe assigns monetary value to human life is materialistic, at best, and disgusting to many of us. The Christian Bible is just as bad as the Qu'ran, when it comes to saying that women are worth less then men. Read Steve's article at Dwindling In Unbelief for an excellent overview.

Leviticus 27 (read the King James version here) suggests human sacrifice:

27:28 Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD.

27:29 None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death

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