Viscious ISIS-style sexism from the biblical book of Judges

The two most violent books of the bible are Joshua and Judges. I used to call them the Taliban period of the Bible but now call them the ISIS era. I am reading Joshua at present and am relieved that I do not have to draw my inspiration from their example.

It’s from judges 19 and is the story of the Levite and his concubine, who after being gang-raped is chopped up into 12 pieces and each piece sent to a different part of Israel.

For sickening horror it is what we hear about ISIS and their abominations.

So why is it in the Bible? First, I think, because the Bible tells us as it is and records the horror as well as the good. and secondly as a warning on what not to do (2 Timothy 3 vs 16-17).

Then we should not regard the bible of equal value throughout and definitely not giving us (bad) examples to slavishly follow. To anyone it should be clear that this act is contrary to the whole Old Testament Law, which is more compassionate than any other ancient set of laws.

Further for a Christian the authority of the New Testament is paramount and above that of the Old Testament. Or as I put it aphoristically

The New Testament trumps the Old Testament

I am sure some evangelicals will disagree with that, but the whole tenor of the New Testament is that the gospel supercedes the Old Testament , even though Jesus builds on the foundation of the Old Testament.

The great disservice many evangelicals have done is to so stress the inerrancy and authority of the WHOLE Bible that they do not see that Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of the Old Testament. To do otherwise opens us up to returning to the era of ISIS- Judaism rather than the Gospel based on the sacrificial love of Jesus.

If any thinks I am totally heretical over this, then please teach this story to a group of kids under 10 whether in Church or at a church school

I rest my case.

BTW I value the Old Testament and read it thoroughly and often, but parts are sickenly violent and only serve to remind us how awful humans can be.


The story of the Levite and his concubine in Judges 19 is one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible. Many Christians have never read the story and are unfamiliar with its gruesome details.…

Source: Blaming the Woman

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