26 May 2014

Every Jot and Tittle: Exodus 22:16-20: Marriage, witches, bestiality, and religious intolerance

In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.

  1. If you seduce a woman who is not engaged and have sex with her, then you must marry her.
  2. If a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. Exodus 22:16

    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 22:28-29

  3. If her father refuses to give her to you, you shall pay him the customary price for virgins.
  4. If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins. Exodus 22:17

  5. Kill witches.
  6. Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18

  7. Kill anyone who has sex with an animal.
  8. Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. Exodus 22:19
    If a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death. Leviticus 20:15
    If a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman. Leviticus 20:16

  9. Kill anyone who sacrifices to another god.
  10. He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed. Exodus 22:20

1 comment:

Rev. Brian O'keefe said...

I can't tell you enough how much I love your stuff man. You are kind of a standard to a lot of us that oppose the theocracies trying to put themselves in power.