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The Bible Slam: Deuteronomy Chapter 22 (Raping and Screaming)

Moses continues to lay down the law in this chapter.

  • Be a good, responsible neighbor.  If you see your neighbor's livestock wandering around, return it.
  • Men aren't allowed to wear women's clothing and women are not allowed to wear men's clothing.
  • Use safe building standards.
  • Don't plow with an ox and an ass.
  • Don't wear wool and linen together.
  • If a man marries a woman and says she is not a virgin, there is a virginity trial.  If he has lied, he has to pay damages to his father-in-law, but the woman has to remain married to him.  If his accusations are true, the woman is to be stoned to death.
  • If a man commits adultery, both the man and woman must die.
  • If a man rapes an engaged woman in the city, both the man and woman must die because she didn't scream loud enough.  If an engaged woman is raped in the countryside, she doesn't get stoned because there's a presumption that she did scream loud enough.  In this case, just the man dies.
  • If a woman is not engaged, but she's raped, then the man has to marry her and pay 50 shekels to her father.
  • Men aren't allowed to have sex with their father's wife.

Note: The narrator uses language that some would find offensive. See the alternate links in the narration section below.

Discussion Points.

It's often said that people who read the Bible become atheists.  This chapter, with its blatant disregard for women's rights, is an example of the outdated thinking penned in the Bible.

Christians who want to demonize gays often cite Old Testament scripture that calls homosexuals "an abomination."  Yet, we find in Deuteronomy 22:5 that fashion choices are "an abomination:"

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 22 describes numerous punishments for rape, with the victim being stoned to death for "not screaming loud enough."  The God of the Old Testament appears to favor wildlife more than human females:

22:6 If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:

22:7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

The last verse of Deuteronomy 22 again suggests polygamy:

22:30 A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt.

If it's simply a man's mother, then the verse would presumably say so.  In saying "his father's wife," it would suggest that the father either remarried or had more than one wife.  Polygamy appears as a family value throughout the Old Testament.  We're clueless as to what it means to "discover his father's skirt."

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