History Literature / BookOfExodus

26th Sep '16 11:21:34 AM dotchan
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* StubbornMule: The prophet Balaam being hired out to curse the Israelites struggles with a stubborn mule, until the mule is granted the ability to speak and reveals that she was trying to protect her master from a vengeful angel.
23rd Sep '16 10:31:52 AM MsChibi
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* ConsummationCounterfeit: If a woman's new husband (or in-laws) [[SlutShaming accuse her of not being a virgin on her wedding night]], and she is able to produce a bloodstained sheet or garment, then the accuser is to be [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] (and if it ''is'' the groom or his family making the accusation, he loses the right to divorce her.) However, if the bride and her parents are ''not'' able to produce "evidence" that she was a virgin, she is to be stoned to death by the men of her community right on her father's doorstep (or at least her body was to be left on his doorstep after the fact). This is the same punishment she'd face if she had an affair ''after'' the wedding, although in this case it only applied to her. (In theory, if she had an affair ''after'' the wedding, her lover(s) could face execution as well...though in practice, it wasn't always enforced equally.) She would be considered to have cheated on her husband before they'd even met, and [[FamilyHonor her family would be forever shamed]].

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* ConsummationCounterfeit: If a woman's new husband (or in-laws) [[SlutShaming accuse her of not being a virgin on her wedding night]], and she is able to produce a bloodstained sheet or garment, then the accuser is to be [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] (and if it ''is'' the groom or his family making the accusation, he loses the right to divorce her.) However, if the bride and her parents are ''not'' able to produce "evidence" that she was a virgin, she is to be [[HonorRelatedAbuse stoned to death by the men of her community right on her father's doorstep (or at least her body was to be left on his doorstep after the fact).fact)]]. This is the same punishment she'd face if she had an affair ''after'' the wedding, although in this case it only applied to her. (In theory, if she had an affair ''after'' the wedding, her lover(s) could face execution as well...though in practice, it wasn't always enforced equally.) She would be considered to have cheated on her husband before they'd even met, and [[FamilyHonor her family would be forever shamed]].
23rd Sep '16 10:31:22 AM MsChibi
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* ConsummationCounterfeit: If a woman's new husband (or in-laws) [[SlutShaming accuse her of not being a virgin on her wedding night]], and she is able to produce a bloodstained sheet or garment, then the accuser is to be [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] (and if it ''is'' the groom or his family making the accusation, he loses the right to divorce her.) However, if the bride and her parents are ''not'' able to produce "evidence" that she was a virgin, she is to be stoned to death by the men of her community right on her father's doorstep (or at least her body was to be left on his doorstep after the fact). This is the same punishment she'd face if she had an affair ''after'' the wedding, although in this case it only applied to her. (In theory, if she had an affair ''after'' the wedding, her lover(s) could face execution as well...though in practice, it wasn't always enforced equally.) She would be considered to have cheated on her husband before they'd even met, and [[FamilyHonor her family would be forever shamed]].
6th Sep '16 10:11:25 PM MsChibi
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* BurnTheWitch: There is [[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+22:18&version=NIV a command]] to not allow a "sorceress" to live.
3rd Sep '16 9:38:57 AM MsChibi
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* RapePillageAndBurn: What would happen to the Israelites if they ''didn't'' keep God's commands.
3rd Sep '16 9:07:42 AM MsChibi
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** The woman ''could'' confess if she had been cheating, or find a way to produce evidence that she hadn't, rendering the test moot. And, of course, if her husband were to just divorce her, she wouldn't have to undergo the test, even if she ''had'' cheated. Whether she was tested in this way or not was up to him.

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** The woman ''could'' confess if she had been cheating, or find a way to produce evidence that she hadn't, rendering the test moot. (If she had cheated, however, she could face the death penalty if her husband so chose.) And, of course, if her husband were to just divorce her, she wouldn't have to undergo the test, even if she ''had'' cheated. Whether she was tested in this way or not was up to him.
3rd Sep '16 9:05:12 AM MsChibi
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** The woman ''could'' confess if she had been cheating, or find a way to produce evidence that she hadn't, rendering the test moot. And, of course, if her husband were to just divorce her, she wouldn't have to undergo the test, even if she ''had'' cheated. Whether she was tested in this way or not was up to him.
3rd Sep '16 9:00:15 AM MsChibi
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* BecauseISaidSo: Invoked many times by {{God}}, or by leaders like Moses and later kings, who would claim that the edicts were issued directly by God.
1st Sep '16 10:52:25 PM MsChibi
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* MercifulMinion: Pharaoh orders the midwives of Egypt to kill any male Hebrews that are born. They refuse to do so, and get away with it by [[BlatantLies lying to Pharaoh]] that, in Hebrew culture, they don't wait for midwives to show up to give birth.

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* MercifulMinion: Pharaoh orders the midwives of Egypt to kill any male Hebrews that are born. They refuse to do so, and get away with it by [[BlatantLies lying to Pharaoh]] that, in Hebrew culture, they don't wait for midwives to show up to give birth.birth, or that [[ExpressDelivery they go through the labor-and-delivery process long before the midwife shows up]].
1st Sep '16 10:21:50 PM MsChibi
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* AllFlyersAreBirds: In the LongList of laws detailing what animals are and are not OK to eat, [[note]] Interestingly, no plants or fungi are considered to be unclean. Many scholars now believe these laws about meat and dairy products [[FairForItsDay were a way of protecting people from food poisoning and parasites, in an era with no refrigeration, a hot climate easily conducive to food spoilage, and no real concept of germ theory]]. Anyway, the lack of unclean vegetables and fruit becomes important later in the Literature/BookOfDaniel, when the Jews are exiled in Babylon (which does not abide by these rules). Daniel and his followers simply adopt a vegetarian diet to reaffirm their commitment to their traditions and faith. [[/note]] bats are listed among the unclean birds. [[note]] Mostly birds of prey, and birds (such as storks) that feed on carrion, which could potentially transmit diseases and parasites to humans who might eat them. As for bats, it is now known that the consumption of fruit bats in Africa ''has'' been linked to the transmission of Ebola and related viruses. Again, a way of keeping people healthy (and thus keeping communicable diseases at bay) by declaring certain types of meat and ways of handling/preparing/serving it off limits. [[/note]] Bats are mammals, not birds.
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