Sleazy stories from the Bible

From diploma mathematician Ulrich Meyer, St.Goar, April 2014
Inspired by the book "The God Delusion" of Richard Dawkins.
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Excerpts from the Old Testament of the Bible, that should actually be described as harmful to minors.

This is a translation from German language and therefore it may be not perfect.

First, the short forms of three brutal, very dingy reports from the living space of Jews in the time before Christ.
Then there are listed original translations of these Bible texts, where you can understand the real text. Between this there are some notes with current references.

1. Report from 1. Book Genesis - Chapter 19:

"Lot from Sodom invited two angels to dinner and to stay overnight. Since all kinds of people came out of Sodom and demanded Lot to its guests deliver to rape them. And Lot said, they should do nothing to the guests. He wanted this issue his two daughters, who still had not a man, that the people can get stuck into this, as they wanted to. For a good end the angels helped and made the people in front of Lot's house blind."
There is an original translation of this

2. Report also from 1. Book Genesis - Chapter 19:

"After fleeing from Sodom it was staggered Lot and his two daughters into the mountains. There the daughters decided to make their father drunk with wine and they had sexual intercourse with him. Then they became pregnant and each gave birth to a son."
There is an original translation of this

3. Bericht aus Richter - Chapter 19

"A Levite of the mountain Ephrahim had a concubine from Bethlehem . After she had played the harlot, she ran back to her father to Bethlehem. Four months later the Levite moved with servant, and donkeys to Bethlehem to retrieve his concubine. After five days of eating and drinking with the father of his concubine he finally was able to start with his concubine, servant and donkeys to return. When they came at night to Gibeah, they had to stay there in the street. An old man, who was also from the mountain Ephrahim, gave them accommodation and meal. As wicked men came to the old man's house and demanded the Levites deliver to rape him. However, the landlord did not want to. He wanted to give out instead his daughter, who was still a virgin, and the concubine of his guest, that the men can desecrate as they wanted. However, the men wanted to have the guest. This sends then his concubine to ruthless men, who then raped her the whole night. The next morning the concubine came back to the house and fell down by door. The Levite grabbed his lifeless concubine on a donkey and went home. There he dismembered his concubine with a knife limb by limb into twelve pieces and distributed this throughout Israel."
There is an original translation of this

1. This is already a strange report in the Old Testament. They act of rape, gang rape, adultery, incest, and body dismemberment. Now the Bible is the foundation of Christianity. How should Christians then understand these trashy stories? For this purpose, a statement by John Hartung (A professor of anesthesiology, who published some widely cited work in other fields, notably some early pioneering research in human behavioral ecology on inheritance patterns and also a controversial paper in Skeptic ( U.S. magazine ) in which he argued that biblical injunctions to 'love thy neighbour' and the Ten Commandments were, properly interpreted, intended to apply only to behavior towards fellow Jews.):

"The Bible is a set of rules of group morale with instructions for genocide, enslavement of other groups and to world domination. Evil is the Bible but not because of their goals and not even because of the glorification of murder, cruelty and rape. Such a thing can be found in many ancient works, including the Iliad, the old Icelandic sagas, the legends of the ancient Syrians and ancient inscriptions of the Maya., but nobody sells the Iliad as a foundation of our ethics. exactly where the problem lies. the Bible is touted as a guide for the conduct of life and bought. And it is by far the biggest bestsellers of all time. "

2. Also interesting is the similarity of what happened in the first and third report. This is particularly evident in the original translations below (1st Moses chap. 19 Verse 5 to 8 and Judges Chap. 19 verse 22 to 24). Perhaps there was also plagiarized. A parallel to today's plagiarism scandals, such as that of the zu Guttenberg and the Schavan can not be avoided.

Original Bible translation excerpts:

From 1. Book Genesis - Chapter 19

Lot leaves Sodom

1 The two messengers entered Sodom in the evening. Lot, who was sitting at the gate of Sodom, saw them, got up to greet them, and bowed low. 2 He said, “Come to your servant’s house, spend the night, and wash your feet. Then you can get up early and go on your way.” But they said, “No, we will spend the night in the town square.” 3 He pleaded earnestly with them, so they went with him and entered his house. He made a big meal for them, even baking unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 Before they went to bed, the men of the city of Sodom—everyone from the youngest to the oldest—surrounded the house 5 and called to Lot, “Where are the men who arrived tonight? Bring them out to us so that we may have sex with them.6 Lot went out toward the entrance, closed the door behind him, 7 and said, “My brothers, don’t do such an evil thing. 8 I’ve got two daughters who are virgins. Let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them whatever you wish. But don’t do anything to these men because they are now under the protection of my roof.” 9 They said, “Get out of the way!” And they continued, “Does this immigrant want to judge us? Now we will hurt you more than we will hurt them.” They pushed Lot back and came close to breaking down the door. 10 The men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house with them and slammed the door. 11 Then the messengers blinded the men near the entrance of the house, from the youngest to the oldest, so that they groped around trying to find the entrance. 12 The men said to Lot, “Who’s still with you here? Take away from this place your sons-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and everyone else you have in the city 13 because we are about to destroy this place. The LORD has found the cries of injustice so serious that the LORD sent us to destroy it.” 14 Lot went to speak to his sons-in-law, married to his daughters, and said, “Get up and get out of this place because the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.


Origin of Moab and Ammon

29 When God destroyed the cities in the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot away from the disaster that overtook the cities in which Lot had lived. 30 Since Lot had become fearful of living in Zoar, he and his two daughters headed up from Zoar and settled in the mountains where he and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 The older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there are no men in the land to sleep with us as is the custom everywhere. 32 Come on, let’s give our father wine to drink, lie down with him, and we’ll have children from our father.” 33 That night they served their father wine, and the older daughter went in and lay down with her father, without him noticing when she lay down or got up. 34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Since I lay down with our father last night, let’s serve him wine tonight too, and you go in and lie down with him so that we will both have children from our father.” 35 They served their father wine that night also, and the younger daughter lay down with him, without him knowing when she lay down or got up. 36 Both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter gave birth to a son and named him Moab. He is the ancestor of today’s Moabites. 38 The younger daughter also gave birth to a son and named him Ben-ammi.[b] He is the ancestor of today’s Ammonites.


From Judges - Chapter 19

Rape and murder at Gibeah.

1 In those days when there was no king in Israel, there was a certain Levite living as an immigrant in the far corners of the Ephraim highlands. He married a secondary wife from Bethlehem in Judah. 2 In an act of unfaithfulness toward him, his secondary wife left him and went back to her father’s household at Bethlehem in Judah. She stayed there four full months. 3 Then her husband set out after her to convince her to come back. He had his servant and a couple of donkeys with him. She took him into her father’s house, and when the young woman’s father saw him, he was happy to welcome him. 4 Since his father-in-law, the young woman’s father, insisted, he stayed with him three days, eating, drinking, and spending the night there. 5 On the fourth day, they got up early in the morning, and he got ready to set out. But the young woman’s father said to his son-in-law, “Eat a little food to give you strength, and then you can go.” 6 So the two of them sat down and ate and drank together. The young woman’s father said to the man, “Why not spend the night and enjoy yourself?” 7 When the man got ready to set out, his father-in-law persuaded him, and he spent the night there again. 8 On the fifth day, he got up early in the morning to set out, and the young woman’s father said, “Have some food for strength.” So the two of them ate, sitting around until late in the day. 9 When the man got ready to set out with his secondary wife and servant, his father-in-law, the young woman’s father, said, “Look, the day has turned to evening, so spend the night. Seriously, the day is over. Spend the night here and enjoy yourself. Then you can get up early tomorrow for your journey, and you can head home.” 10 But the man was unwilling to spend another night. He got up, set out, and went as far as the area of Jebus, that is, Jerusalem. He had a couple of saddled donkeys and his secondary wife with him. 11 When they were near Jebus, the day was totally gone. The servant said to his master, “Come on, let’s turn into this Jebusite city and spend the night in it.” 12 But his master replied to him, “We won’t turn into a city of foreigners who aren’t Israelites. We’ll travel on to Gibeah. 13 “Come on,” he said to his servant, “let’s reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places.” 14 So they traveled on, and the sun set when they were near Gibeah in Benjamin. 15 They turned in to enter there, so they could spend the night in Gibeah, and he went and sat down in the city square. But no one offered to take them home to spend the night. Rape and murder at Gibeah 16 Then in the evening, an old man was coming home from his daily work in the fields. This man was from the Ephraim highlands and was an immigrant in Gibeah, the people of that place being Benjaminites. 17 He looked up and saw the traveler in the city square. “Where are you heading and where have you come from?” the old man asked. 18 “We’re traveling from Bethlehem in Judah to the far corners of the Ephraim highlands,” he replied to the old man. “That’s where I’m from. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, and I’m heading to my home.[a] But no one has offered to take me in tonight. 19 We’ve got our own straw and feed for our donkeys, plus food and wine to provide for me, the woman, and my servant with us. We don’t need anything.” 20 The old man answered, “You’re welcome to stay with me,[b] but let me take care of all your needs. Just don’t spend the night in the square.” 21 And he took him into his house. He mixed feed for the donkeys, and they washed their feet, ate, and drank. 22 While they were relaxing, suddenly the men of the city, a perverse bunch, surrounded the house and started pounding on the door. They said to the old man, the owner of the house, “Send out the man who came to your house, so we can have sex with him!” 23 The owner of the house went outside and said to them, “No, my friends, please don’t commit such an evil act, given that this man has come to my home as a guest. Don’t do this disgraceful thing! 24 Here’s my daughter, the young woman, and his secondary wife. Let me send them out, and you can abuse them and do whatever you want to them. But don’t do such a disgraceful thing to this man!” 25 But the men refused to listen to him. So the Levite grabbed his secondary wife and sent her outside to them. They raped her and abused her all night long until morning. They finally let her go as dawn was breaking. 26 At daybreak, the woman came and collapsed at the door of the man’s house where her husband was staying, where she lay until it was daylight. 27 When her husband got up in the morning, he opened the doors of the house and went outside to set out on his journey. And there was his secondary wife, lying at the entrance of the house, with her hands clutching the doorframe. 28 “Get up,” he said to her, “let’s go.” But there was no response. So he laid her across a donkey, and the man set out for home. 29 When he got home, he picked up a knife, took his secondary wife, and chopped her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces. Then he sent them into all the areas of Israel. 30 Everyone who saw it said, “Has such a thing ever happened or been seen since the time when the Israelites came up from the land of Egypt until today? Think about it, decide what to do, and speak out!”



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