The ‘Other’ Commandments II

Exodus 22-23: Even more rules

Continuing from the previous chapter’s set of moral guidelines, these additional rules remain a crucial pillar of our entire legal system. While all of God’s Laws are undoubtedly important, highlighted here are the most significant:

If you kill a thief while he’s breaking in during the night, you’re not guilty of anything. But …Continue reading The ‘Other’ Commandments II

The Slaughter of Shalem

Genesis 34: Unfair advantage

One day, Dinah, one of Jacob’s daughters was spotted by Shechem, the prince of Shalem, where Jacob and family had settled. They slept together, and in the following pillow-talk, Shechem decided he was in love. Shechem said to his father, Hamor, “Get me this damsel to wife!” because he wanted to marry her.

Hamor …Continue reading The Slaughter of Shalem

Sodom and Gomorrah ” Part 1

Genesis 18-19: A brief debate on the ethics of genocide

God appeared to Abraham again – this time bringing three of his buddies, whom he neglected to introduce. “Oh dear Lord, can I get you some water, maybe a bite to eat?” Abraham grovelled.
“Yeah, that sounds good,” replied the men, apparently misunderstanding the question as being directed …Continue reading Sodom and Gomorrah ” Part 1