Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for by Cheryl Anderson

By Cheryl Anderson

The 10 Commandments condone slavery, and Deuteronomy 22 deems the rape of an single lady to injure her father instead of the lady herself. whereas many Christians forget about most aged testomony legislation as out of date or irrelevant-with others opting for and selecting between them in help of particular political and social agendas-it continues to be a simple guiding principle of Christian doctrine that the religion is contained in either the previous and the hot testomony. If the legislations is overlooked, a massive element of the religion culture is denied.In historical legislation and modern Controversies, Cheryl B. Anderson tackles this challenge head on, trying to resolution the query even if the legislation of the outdated testomony are authoritative for Christians this day. the problem is important: a few Christians truly think that the recent testomony abolishes the legislations, or that the Protestant reformers Luther, Calvin, and Wesley rejected the legislations. Acknowledging the deeply complex nature of a few outdated testomony legislation (especially because it applies to girls, the terrible, and homosexuals), Anderson unearths that modern controversies are the results of such teams now expressing their very own realities and religion perspectives.Anderson means that we method biblical legislation in a lot a similar method that we method the U.S. structure. whereas the nation's founding fathers-all privileged white men-did no longer have the negative, girls, or humans of colour in brain after they referred in its preamble to "We the people." for that reason, the structure has advanced via modification and interpretation to incorporate those that have been at the start excluded. even though it is most unlikely to amend the biblical texts themselves, the best way they're interpreted can-and should-change. With past scholarship grounded within the outdated testomony in addition to severe, felony, and feminist concept, Anderson is uniquely certified to use insights from modern legislation to the interpretive background of biblical legislations, and to attract out their implications for problems with gender, type, and race/ethnicity. In so doing, she lays the foundation for an inclusive mode of biblical interpretation.

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22:29). Of course, the law is meant to punish the violator and to provide a home for the violated woman, but the final result is that a woman has to marry her rapist. From the female’s perspective, she might have preferred to remain within her father’s household than to marry the man who raped her— but that is not an option. In the case of an unmarried virgin who is not engaged, a man who violates her has to pay a fine, and he may have to marry her, as described in Exodus 22:16–17 and Deuteronomy 22:28–29.

We must realize that the biblical laws reviewed here, geared to ensuring male control of a female’s body, structure the subordination of women. In other words, they reinforce the notion that women are to be subordinate and never dominant. In the same way, the condemnation of PROBLEMATIC BIBLICAL LAWS 39 homosexuality reinforces the notion that privileged men are to be dominant and never subordinate. One thing that we can learn from this analysis is that homophobia, the fear and hatred of and discrimination against gays and lesbians, affects more people than just that segment of the population.

A comparable and more generous provision in Deuteronomy 15:12–18 requires the householder to “provide liberally” to the member of the community when he leaves, and the debt slave may choose to remain there at the end of the six years, but there is no reference to losing his family if he does leave. The privileged Israelite has advantages in disciplining the household’s slaves. A slave owner is liable for striking a male or female slave only if the slave dies immediately (Exod. 21:20). If the slave survives a day or two before dying, “there is no punishment; for the slave is the owner’s property” (Exod.

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