torythrp at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 22 20:39:48 EDT 2007
I'm in agreement with you that pre-marital sex was per se no capital
offense, illicit sex could be. But if a woman claims -- after the
wedding night -- that her hymen was broken through no fault of her
own before the wedding night but subsequent to the bretrothal, the
husband can dispute her testimony. Bed-linen from the wedding night
wont help her case because of her admission and because the unstained
linen is the husband's evidence against her: "I did not find BTWLYM
in her" (Dt. xxii 14). But then, if no BTWLYM are produced, she is
stoned to death (vv. 20-21), and in this case she is stoned precisely
for having sex before the betrothal. Lying is not a capital offense.
The big question, however, is what kind of BTWLYM could she then
possibly be expected to submit in refutation of the husband's claim?
What are BTWLYM?
On Jul 22, 2007, at 5:03 PM, Shoshanna Walker wrote:
> Because only a woman who has committed adultery, not sex without
> marriage/betrothal, is subject to the death penalty. "Played the
> whore" refers to that, not to modern day ideas of what promiscuity
> consists of.
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