Will people just stop presenting theories on Numbers 31:17-18 which don't stack up!
The internet is full of hatred and misinformation concerning people's faiths and holy books so we all need to exercise some caution when speaking on issues pertaining to faith.
Here, Nadir Ahmed offers a claim concerning Numbers 31:17-18 which does not stack up and could lead to offence and further confusion.
17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. [KJV]
Nadir with regards to Numbers 31:18 writes:
The only way to know if a woman is a virgin is for these men to inspect the hymen of the vagina to see if it is intact
Even if the account in Numbers 31:17-18 is true, this would not necessarily mean these men forced the young girls to have a virginity test as in ancient times it was generally quite easy to discern a virgin from a non-virgin girl. Girls as soon as they hit puberty would have been married in ancient times. Thus merely by looking at a girl in those times one could generally discern between married and unmarried (or in other words, virgins and non-virgins).
Even if this account was true, the idea of forced virginity tests being conducted is far-fetched. More thought and sensitivity is required here.
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