Thread: Deuteronomy 22:28-29
May 30th 2011, 04:07 PM #1
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (New International Version)
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[a] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
This makes no sense to me why God would have the man PAY 50 shekels of silver to her father. Why would he have to pay money for what he did? I can see having to marry her if he rapes her, but pay money, why would God make him pay money?
June 1st 2011, 02:21 PM #2
Re: Deuteronomy 22:28-29
Wouldn't that be like a mandated dowry?"Few of us take the pains to study the origins of our convictions; indeed, we have a natural repugnance to so doing. We like to continue to believe what we have been accustomed to accept as true, and the resentment aroused when doubt is cast upon any of our assumptions leads us to seek every manner of excuse for clinging to them. The result is that most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already have." - James Harvey Robinson, American historian (1863-1936)
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June 1st 2011, 03:22 PM #3
Re: Deuteronomy 22:28-29
Yes, the verse is referencing a young girl who is aged between between 12 and 12˝ (Kethuvoth 38a), and is a virgin who has been raped. The marriage only occurs if the girl consents (Yad, Naarah Bethulah 1:3). The man must also pay a fine that is equivalent of a Ketuvah (dowry) of a virgin.Micah 6:6. With what shall I come before the Lord, bow before the Most High G-d? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? 7. Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with myriad streams of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8. He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord demands of you; but to do justice, to love loving-kindness, and to walk discreetly with your G-d.
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