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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lets read the bible together!

Theres one in every hotel room in the world....
in every house....
its meant to be our moral compass....

Yet how much do we know about the greatest book on Earth aka The Bible.

In fact hardly any religous people I know have even read past the first page,but once you get passed all that boring apple and snake bit it gets rather riviting!

So, Welcome to my weekly Bible group! Each week I will be delving into this fascinating read book by book.

This week we start with Deuteronomy.

Deuts is the fifth book in The Old Testament.It is thought that it is the Word of God as given to Moses. The bulk of the book is made up of Moses sermons.
Moses is considered one of the most important prophets in Christianity.

Here are some of my favourite picks from Deutoronomy:

Deuteronomy 21:10-13 describes how a soldier can force a woman captive to marry him without regard for her wishes.
"When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 requires that a virgin woman who has been raped must marry her attacker, no matter what her feelings are towards the rapist.
"If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife...."

Deuteronomy 24:1 describes the procedure for obtaining a divorce. This can only be initiated by the husband, not by the wife:
"When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house."

Deuteronomy 25:5-10: states that if a woman is widowed, she would be required to marry her former brother-in-law. This was called a "levirate" marriage. Their first-born son will later be considered to be the son of the deceased husband. The man could refuse to marry her. Women were not given a choice in the matter.
" If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her."

Deuteronomy 25:11: If two men are fighting, and the wife of one of them grabs the other man's testicles, her hand is to be chopped off. There is no penalty if a male relative were to grab the other man.
"When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets. Then thou shalt cut off her hand..."


  1. Outside of America I think most religious people are sensible enough to realise that the Bible was written at a particular time for a particular people and that to just accept it all is to take it out of context. Deuteronomy isn't really anything controversial in its own context and fits in with other law codes in the ancient world. Any Christians following the laws of Moses clearly haven't read Matthew where Jesus gives a new law in the form of the sermon on the mount...which is much more peaceful.

    Interesting blog...I like it.

  2. this is the reason why it is recommended to read the New Testament first before the Old... The Old Testament was intended for the Jews and the New Testament for the Gentiles...

    nice post ...

  3. Thanks for your Comment Zushi.

    I read Luke's gospel for my GSCE religion exam. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.He doesnt shy away from mentioning the many close female friends and followers Jesus had.

    My personal feelings towards Jesus are that he was a revolutionary of his time. I do not think he was the Son of God,but he had some very progressive ideas.

    However,that does not make up for some absolute heinous,sexist views in the Old Testament.

    As a former Catholic,I never once read the old testament, and considering it features in the weekly mass, it must still be an important book.

  4. This is great - you should post more.

  5. I have thoroughly exegeted these passages; they do not say what you think they say.