The Bible’s Attitude to Rape

The Bible’s Attitude to Rape June 19, 2014

My friend Dr. George Athas (Moore Theological College) has a great presentation on “The Bible’s Attitude to Rape.” The subject of rape is monstrous and disturbing. A lot of what the Bible says about rape in Pentateuchal case law and in narrative seems culturally strange and in some cases morally revolting. Thankfully, however, George gives a sensitive and informative presentation about the biblical materials that deal with the subject. He covers the laws pertaining to rape in Deuteronomy 22, as well as the narratives of 2 Samuel 13 (the rape of Tamar), Genesis 19 (Lot in Sodom), Genesis 34 (Dinah and Shechem), and Judges 19 (the rape of a concubine at Gibeah).

To give away the plot, Athas argues that:

Rape is not condoned.
Rape is equated with murder.
The perpetrator is held responsible.
The victim should not be blamed.
The welfare of the victim is of the utmost importance

I don’t say nice things about OT scholars often, but this is one of the best OT presentations I’ve seen. Well worth watching!!!

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  • Thank you for sharing. Superb!

  • Brian P.

    As such, kindly consider ways in which you can pivot Christianity and thus possibly broader cultural understanding. Regardless of what ancients thought and our exegesis of the same, consider ways in which we can defend the undefended, even in ways that our predecessors gave a blind eye to.