People of the Book – part 1

“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.”

“Wives, submit to you husbands as to the Lord”

“In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.”

“Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”

“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.”

“This is what the Lord Almighty says … ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”

Yeah, I know exactly what you’re thinking…. Cruel! But I’m not done yet and YOU don’t know where I’m going with this.

So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home. And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel”

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or daughter except her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.’”

Have you read this before? Well let me tell ya where I’ve found these weird, unwomenly, cruel, unbelievable, doubtful verses.

Samuel 15:3

Psalm 137:9

Timothy1 2:12

Romans 1:27

Ephesians 5:22

Peter 1 2:18

Judges 19:25-29

Judges 11:30-1, 34-5

The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament contain many passages outlining approaches to, and descriptions of, violent activities, centering on the ancient nation of Israel and their involvement with Gentile nations.
The history of interpretation within the Abrahamic religions and Western culture includes justification for acts of violence as well as structural violence, and have also been used in opposition to violence (such as describing, commanding, or condemning violent actions by God, individuals, groups, and governments.) These actions include war, human and animal sacrifice, murder, rape, stoning, sexism, slavery, criminal punishment, and violent language.

Are we going to blame God for being violent, sexist and commanding slavery? We won’t if we knew the History of the Bible which is in the next post. Take some time to read.