First of all, someone said:

Critics of the Bible must be careful not to impose their present-day moral system upon that of an ancient culture found in Scripture and then judge Scripture as though it is inferior to their own subjective morality. The above verses were written 3,000 years ago in a very different culture and location. Sexual purity was very highly valued, unlike today; and when a man would marry a woman, her virginity was critical.

I want to share a piece of my study on the jewish custom how such predicament is half-true as vindication to how jewish scriptures is being hijacked for malicious purposes or least to say, defamation. I would be on counter measure. It say:

Deuteronomy 22:13-21
[13]If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,
[14]And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:
[15]Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:
[16]And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;
[17]And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
[18]And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;
[19]And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
[20]But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
[21]Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Noticed which non-virgins are killed? Let me highlight it:

because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house:

Which are killed? Whores. Is that clear? Such that rape victims or molested girls are spared. It requires investigation, right? They would have to establish consent if being non-virgin is by force or not.

You dont consider rape victims as whores thus they are spared such as exemplified:

Deuteronomy 22:25-26
[25]But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:
[26]But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter:

First of all, rape victims are innocent thus being non-virgins on their wedding night, they are spared from stoning.

As a law, marriage must be specific on virgins as whoredom was abomination.

Deuteronomy 23:17-18
[17]There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

And which qualifies as a whore? Was it only sex-for-hire women? Nope. As the verses above implied are non-virgins on a general scale prior to marriage. Whoredom is sex outside marriage thus any action in that premise qualifies you as whores yet that as excluding rape victims or if by any circumstances were non-virgins without consent.

Whoredom is something that needed to be purged.

Genesis 38:24
[24]And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

Now that i laid out some basic doctrine, could you say, death penalty was wrong for whores? It was not in that culture and time, much so, it was a divine sanction.

Deuteronomy 22:21
[21]Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

By simple analysis and study we could say, sex was sacred and was meant only for husband and wife. Otherwise, it was evil–or whoredom–that merits death. Sex outside marriage was a great offense and being that, it was whoredom. But certainly, we have proven that not all non-virgins on their wedding nights were killed.

Lastly, someone said:

In the culture of the time it was the father who was charged with the covering, care, and well-being of his daughter. Her sexual purity was representative of the father’s ability to raise her according to the laws of God. Therefore, in that culture, a man’s reputation, as well as the family’s reputation in the community, could be adversely affected by the fornication of his daughter. If his daughter had been promised to a man to be married and a dowry had been paid, there was every expectation from the bridegroom that she would be a virgin. If the contrary was discovered after the marriage, then the implication is that there had been a deception in which the father could be implicated, or it would mean that he was unaware of her sin; and this would bring great shame to the family and the community–not to mention it being a display of outright rebellion against God’s law. In this case, to insure the integrity of the family and to remove the evil of adulterous/fornication from the community, stoning was advocated.


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