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Deuteromony 22:28-29

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Eishiba, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Eishiba

    Eishiba Newbie

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    28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered,
    29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.

    So if he rapes her, he just has to pay a bunch of money to keep her? Please help...I don't understand this...
     
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  2. drjean

    drjean Senior Veteran Supporter

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    While I agree that God set out the pattern with Adam (and Eve...) there appears to be no real laws made until given to Moshe... Here's an interesting article I read, though I am unsure I agree with everything this person writes. There was a price for a bride, simply enough, the taking of a woman's virginity. Regardless, the man must pay the bride-price whether the father allows him to marry her or not. Does that help with a different perspective? Carries a little more weight than just taking women right and left eh?

    Women and Marriage in the Old Testament
     
  3. badatusernames

    badatusernames Member

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    To us, yes, this a very shocking if not disturbing passage in scripture. However, this was a completely different time and culture that was very shame based, especially in regards to women and sex. In a shame based culture where a young woman's most valuable asset is her virginity, that's actually a very merciful law for the woman. If she cries for help being raped, he is punished because he has to pay her dowry, marry her and unable to divorce, and she is protected from false accusations from him, which would result in her being stoned to death. That's only if she was not married or pledged to be married, if a married woman or engaged woman is raped, he is stoned to death (verse 25). I don't know anyone alive today who thinks that a woman should be forced to marry her rapist, but if you look at in that context, it's how they punished the man and saved the woman from further harm.
     
  4. Winken

    Winken Heimat Supporter

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    That was the procedure under the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible. It has not been even close to a procedure since the Cross.
     
  5. Eishiba

    Eishiba Newbie

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    Oh Lord...I pray I would come to understand this...its just so troubling...
     
  6. Sarah G

    Sarah G Human bean. Supporter

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    I haven't touched Leviticus or Deuteronomy for years, they are not necessary to follow Lord Jesus Christ.
     
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