Okay, so I’m at the rest of the Pentateuch now, having to do with laws. I don’t know if it’s something I’ll write on for the class, but there’s an interesting law that came up, and interesting interpretations within textbooks:
11 If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and seizing his genitals, 12 you shall cut off her hand; show no pity. (Deut. 25:11-12)
So, one textbook is a bit incredulous that this was a common enough practice that it actually had to be made into a law. Which is a bit funny, I suppose. How often does something need to happen before it makes it into the law?
Another textbook, “The Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling With the Old Testament and Its Oddities”, suggests that this is a law because being fruitful and multiplying was a command of God, and to prevent that from happening would go against God. Okay, that makes sense, and would justify the consequence – if you had modern science at the time. So to my way of thinking, this law would have to have come from God, simply because humankind (if you catch me saying mankind, please correct me – the professor wants us to use this term) had no idea that’s where babies came from at the time. God, in His infinite wisdom, knew, but we didn’t.
Wonder what would happen if we went through each of the laws this way. 🙂 What does God know that we have not yet discovered?