Saturday, 6 August 2011

Christians Embarrassed by Bible’s Hand Chopping - Deuteronomy 25:11-12…

We have mentioned the Bible passage teaching the amputatation of any woman who defends her husband against his assailant via a ‘low blow’ to his privates.

"[11] When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, [12] then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall have no pity.” [RSV Deuteronomy 25:11-12]

Now, it is obvious that this passage is teaching hand chopping for any woman carrying out such a low blow. Dr Hector Avalos points out most scholars agree with the obvious reading of the passage (i.e. chopping off the woman’s hand):

Most scholars accept a literal interpretation. For example, Tikva Frymer-Kensky stated the following on p. 1033 of A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law (2 vols.; Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003), which Dr. Matt Flannagan had cited before:

“The penalty for injury is talionic retribution (Lev.24:19-20). The exception is the woman who protects her brawling husband by grabbing the other man’s testicles with force...Her hand is to be cut off (Deut. 25:11-12). Intention does not count, even though she tried to save her husband rather than injure the victim.” [1]

As Christians are busying themselves in repackaging their faith they have proceeded to reinterpret their scriptures to circumnavigate the passages which do not chime with Western norms (i.e. the passages they find to be embarrassing).

Ridiculous: It means shave her pubic hair not chop her hand off!

Embarrassed Christian, Dr Paul Copan, has offered an absolutely absurd explanation of Deuteronomy 25:11-12:

“...A more plausible interpretation of the passage is the punishment by depilation (‘you shall shave [the hair of] her groin’), not mutilation.” [1]

This Christian, Dr Copan, describes his explanation as “more plausible”. Is he for real? Does he really think the Biblical term “have no pity” can relate to shaving a woman’s pubic hair???

Moreover, how in the world would shaving a woman’s groin be related to a punishment for her injuring of a man via a low blow???

Dr Hector Avalos does thoroughly chide this Christian’s absurd reinterpretation of the Biblical passage here:

Nevertheless, expect the new age Christian flock spouting such odd reasoning in their attempts to pre-emptively strike at perceived Christian embarrassment

[1] Underhanded Biblical Interpretation: Deuteronomy 25:11-12 in Context by Dr. Hector Avalos

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Anonymous said...

"then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall have no pity.”

If what is meant is to cut off the woman's pubes, then why would a person have pity? Why would a person feel sorry for cutting off a woman's pubes? Ridiculous!

sam shamoun suporter said...

where in bible this says

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Shame-oun supporter really?? You are asking where in the BIBLE it says such a statement, as if the bible is ONLY full of heart warming stories about a stoned hippy who travels around teaching men to turn the other cheek and love their enemies? Try Deuteronomy 25:11 and 12. Even if you are a loathsome unrepentant imbecile, I will still say Cheers.