The ‘Other’ Commandments I

Exodus 21: More rules

As it turns out, God wasn’t quite done after listing off the Ten Commandments. Here are some of the other important rules he gave us that continue to act as the underlying moral foundations of society as we know it. For brevity’s sake, only the most relevant are listed here:

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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.

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Jacob’s Wives

Genesis 29: The FIFO policy

Jacob continued on his journey until he stopped at a well to ask for directions. “Do you know where Laban is?” he asked. “Of course! And behold, here comes his hot daughter Rachel! ” replied the shepherds at the well.
“By the way,” mused Jacob, “why don’t you uncover that well there and …Continue reading Jacob’s Wives

Rebekah

Genesis 23-24: Isaac gets a wife

At the age of 127, Sarah passed away, and Abraham, now an old man himself called his eldest servant over. “Put your hand under my thigh,” said Abraham, “and listen up. Go grab a woman to be Isaac’s wife. But don’t get a Canaanite one; grab one of my relatives from …Continue reading Rebekah