YMMV / Book of Exodus
aka: Exodus

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some theorize that the "crime" in Leviticus 20:13 is not homosexuality, but emasculation. Others point out that the wording in the verse certainly refers to sexual acts, with some contention on the subject of which sexual acts are referred to.
  • Broken Base: Many people don't like talking about Leviticus 20:13 very much, especially following the LGBT social movements.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Zipporah at the inn" episode. After God sent Moses in Egypt to deal with the Pharaon, HE sends his angel to kill His prophet for unexplained reasons. Then Moses' wife Zipporah takes a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of their son. This apparently saves Moses. It's pretty obscure and no wonder why this is often ignored.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: God's punishments for those who have broken one of His laws seem like this, probably to illustrate that His standards of morality are utterly unlike any human being's. (On the other hand, reparations for sins committed against other people are not to be more severe than the harm done.) The problem some people have with it is that God explicitly "hardened Pharaoh's heart", then think God did that to promote His own glory and comes across as God Is Evil to them. In addition, the syntax of the sentence "God hardened his heart" is rather ambiguous — it could mean God is directly acting upon Pharaoh, or it could be a recount of Pharaoh's emotions. See Make an Example of Them on the main page for more.
  • Fair for Its Day:
    • While there were laws on how to deal with slaves, said laws did give slaves of the Hebrews much better lives. Fellow Hebrews who were slaves were expected to be freed after 6 years of work and generously paid at that time. Foreigners could be slaves for life but if they experienced violence at the hands of their masters they were automatically declared free under the law and a master who killed their slave/s would (under some circumstances) be charged with murder. Slavery in that context was quite different from the slavery in Egypt or the slavery in America before the Civil War and closer to indentured servitude.
    • While the rape laws were definitely unfair to actual rape victims, they also apply in the case of an unwed couple having consensual sex. One wonders how many girls used this to override any parental objections to marrying their sweethearts. "Oh, Daddy, I know you don't like Yaakov, but he ravished me last night, and now the law says we HAVE to get married!" Also, Deuteronomy 22:25-27 mentions that the punishment for a man raping a woman who is betrothed to another man is death and that their victim is innocent; a refreshing instance showing rape is condemned, even being a capital offence, compared to some cases today where rapists can get just a slap on the wrist such as LESS THAN FIFTEEN years in jail in the US.
    • The verses concerning a rapist paying their victim's father 50 shekels and marrying her (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) could also be intended as a type of punishment for the rapist; they likely intended a vicious one-off encounter, but now they have to pay the father and be forced to marry someone they don't want to marry, and if they try to avoid the marriage they could be considered to "hate her", as per Deuteronomy 22:13-19, which could also lead to the rapist being whipped. While it may or may not be a fitting punishment and be difficult for the woman, there are a few deterrents for rapists and the rapist IS NOT getting off scot-free.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Yes, there are laws about how to deal with slaves. These would almost be hilarious (if not for the slavery), considering they're given to escaped slaves. More specifically, a slave owner who beats the slave so hard the slave dies, as mentioned above, is not considered guilty if the slave dies three days of more after being beaten.
    • There are also laws saying that the penalty for rape is marrying the victim and paying her father 50 shekels. And if a woman wasn't a virgin when you married, or has been unfaithful, you can have her executed.
    • Leviticus 19:19, however, which commands us not to wear clothing made of two different kinds of material, is often held up as the Up to Eleven of absurd religious commandments, at least by Christians. Observant Jews still follows it, and even use microscopy to make sure a garment isn't shatnez.

Alternative Title(s): Exodus