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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What is the penalty for raping a woman according to the bible?

If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. (Deuteronomy 22:28)

"But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. 26"But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. 27"When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her,"  (Deuteronomy 22:25-27)

If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife. (Deuteronomy 22:23-24)

So, according to the bible. if a man rapes a virgin who is not pledged to be married, he pays a fee to the father and marries the girl. I am sure the girl would be thrilled with this arrangement. She can look forward to a lifetime of continuous rape.

But if she is engaged to be married, then he will be killed. Why? He has violated the property of another male. That is a no no. What happened to the girl is of little importance. The issue here is property rights.

And if he happens to rape this engaged girl within the city, they are both to be killed. She should have cried out for help. Of course, he may have gagged her to prevent this from occurring or knocked her unconscious, but that is irrelevant. The girl should have found some way to still call out.

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