Originally posted by Zahlanzi
puberty was vaguely referenced somewhere in ezekiel as the minimum age for marriage.
thus: a man marrying a little girl (let's be generous and have her be 14 years old) can accuse her (a little girl) of not being a virgin. It is then up for the parents of the accused, NOT THE ACCUSER, to provide proof.
we have discussed this in the past already. i ...[text shortened]... ostitute while living in her father’s house. In this way you will purge 37 evil from among you.
I don't remember discussing this. But its possible.
In my Bible Deuteronomy 22:13-30
comes under the heading of -
Concerning the Government among the People - cont'd
Judgments on Matters Related to Marriage
here are those who have just witnessed the power of God in the Exodus. These are the Hebrews who just witnessed the miraculous deliverance of God, the giving of His law, and founded the one and only genuinely theocratic nation on earth. The standard to which God held them was very high because their mission was very high morally, spiritually, ethically they were the hope of the rest of the earth.
What I see after the procedures to protect the MARRIED woman is the admittedly harsh capital punishment of the MARRIED woman found truly guilty of having committed fornication sometime before being married.
But if the claim is true - the girl was not found to be a virgin - They shall bring the girl out to the entrance of her father's house ... and the men of the city shall stone her with stones so that she dies; for she has done folly in Israel by committing fornication in her father's house. Thus you shall utterly remove the evil from your midst. (20,21)
There is no question that the punishment is awful.
It is fearful and should have been a warning to any young woman wanting to marry.
If she KNEW that she had committed fornication the best thing to have done was to confess to her parents before she was given in marriage. Don't you think that loving parents would have known that she needed protection from her error? I think informed parents of a single young woman living in the parents house would have dispensed protective sympathy even though she had acted foolishly in fornicating while single.
There were other offerings such as the SIN offering, the TRESPASS offering, the CONSECRATION offering, the PEACE offering that the priests performed on behalf of people's sins of all kinds.
The single woman living at home who deliberately of her own accord fornicated, though having made an awful mistake, I don't see as having no other consequence before her but the death penalty.
She might not ever be permittted to marry.
Or if the prospective husband was informed privately before the marriage, I don't see why the bonds of love could not in some instances forgive and cover the offense.
I guess as harsh as the penalty is I don't see it as the only inevitable outcome. Joseph upon being engaged to Mary found her to be with child (it was by the Holy Spirit). He did not have her stoned in front of her farther's house but thought to put her away privately.
The point being that the attitude of the HUSBAND is not dictated. Suppose the husband DOES NOT bring a charge ?
It is apparent that Moses knew that there would be hard cases. And he made provision for difficult cases with difficult circumstances.
Deuteronomy 17:8 - "If a case is too complicated for you to judge between one kind of homicide and another, or between one kind of civil suit and another, or between one kind of assault and another, being disputed cases within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which Jehovah your God will choose; And you shall come to the Levitical priests and to the judge who is presiding in those days and investigate the matter; and they shall declare to you the sentence of judgment."
We see here provision for very difficult cases which were not so cut and dry.
The final goal seems to be to " purge evil from among you "
God meant to show that He meant business.
But I doubt that stoning executions of young freshly married women happened frequently as if there was no other possible outcome.