In the Holy Bible - in Exodus 21: 7-11 consider this passage which translates as follows: "when a man sells?

his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, (how considerate!), since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son he must no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife (lucky girl). If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment." What does this passage say about the suitability of the Bible as a moral guide? For ye shall know the truth. The truth shall set you free.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Slavery Is Not In The Bible

    According to Jewish based Bibles and Jewish commentary any scholar or rabbi would tell you that this is a mistranslated. In original Hebrew it was servant. Not a slave.

    A few examples of what I mean according to Strong's Concordance :

    http://www.abibleconcordance.com/0-02.htm#c21

    It could be translated as "maid" or "young woman". Not the word slave.

    The whole concept that Yahweh allows slavery is a misconception a failure of understanding the correct translation."

    Rape is not in the Bible

    Many atheists and Christians also claim that God Yahweh allows woman to be raped based on Deuteronomy 22:29. If you actually read it's not speaking of "God allowing anyone to be raped" Pre read 25 then you will understand my point.

    Deuteronomy 22:29 its referenced to a "girl" who is not married who gets caught in the act of sexual relationships. Its nothing about rape. Its basic failure of understating scriptures.

    Example : Your parents are away on a business trip. You do not know when they are coming back. You meet a "young girl" lets say 16 and you have sexual relationships with her. She allows you do this to her. One day she comes over and you and her are in the action. Her parents walk in on you both. You have to marry her and pay her father money in disrespect.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It sounds like you have no concept of the cultural context. The law specifically prohibited horrendous practices where a man in debt would sell off his daughter as an indentured servant to cover his debts. The Torah severely limits what he can do in these contexts.....and she is guaranteed food and clothing and even respectful treatment as a daughter.

    If you had any understanding of cultural practices of the day, you would be amazed at the protections provided here at a time when they were unknown in the ancient world. And by not allowing her to be contracted out to foreigners, she is protected by the rights protected by the Torah among her native people. I'm not surprised that someone today would judge an ancient culture as inferior and primitive -- failing to realize that they could find just as many "cruel" practices in our culture. (We give the rapist free medical care and free legal help; the raped woman today gets neither and may get violated in the courtroom yet again.)

    If you truly wish to understand these matters, there are textbooks as well as rabbinical materials. (And no, I am not Jewish but I am a professor of Religious Studies who regular helps students understand other cultures and religions. Fortunately, bigotry is less common in the classroom than on these forums.)

    By the way, many of the Torah rules -- because of the constraints -- they not only discouraged abuses, they prevented the transactions entirely. But entire books have been written explaining that with the many examples of the Torah.

    But your closing statements are certainly true. The Bible is an incredible moral guide and it stands in great contrast to any documents of the time -- or our time. We can only wish our society provided for better protection of individual rights.

    Source(s): By the way, this question has been answered in this forum hundreds of times. So if you really want to understand, the archives search engine will retrieve them for you.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Oh my gosh the Old Testament, what is it with some people haven't they heard of the New Testament?

    anyway to answer your question, in the Old Testament man & God just didn't get on with one another, man didn't want God they wanted rules & set guidelines, so God gave them what they wanted a whole set of rules etc, knowing full well they would be broken, but thats what we wanted guidelines, no matter how hard they where to adhere to.

    then we had the Ten commandments, a little bit easier to comply with but they where still broken, as for a moral guide how about this one "love one another as you would love yourself".

    hope this helps.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    have you ever managed to get further than the second book of the Bible? what does that say about your suitability to critique it effectively? for ye shall not know the truth if ye don't seek the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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  • Ernie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    We are not under law, but under grace. This was the provision under the law, a way of paying a debt. God allowed it, but set up the rules and guidelines, making sure there was ethical treatment.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    God sure covered some weird eventualities--and the moral law that goes with them.

    It's bizarre that common but terrible eventualities, like pedophilia, didn't get a word.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    So - you have a complaint with a document that provides legal rights to slaves? In fact, your complaint is with **the very passage** that provides legal rights to slaves?

    Bible morality - 1

    Your morality - 0

    Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com

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  • 1 decade ago

    Mosaic laws are of 3 kinds:

    1. ceremonial laws

    2. civil/political laws

    3. moral laws

    The first two are passe; the 3rd stands.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Thats old testament that no one follows anymore.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Fu{k you b*tch, go to heII.

    Source(s): You mom is good ;)
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