I’m not sure my moral compass can discern who is more right and who is more wrong. Can you imagine being that man’s wife/concubine? “No, don’t rape these men I just met, take her!” Then they shove her out the door. To me, the blood is on both of their hands. I am frustrated with the passages that treat women like property. I have to remember, just like with Jephthah, just because the text does not always say something is wrong, does not mean we are to read that it is right. I think it’s good that this act united the tribes but you think someone might have asked, “Soooo, how exactly did this take place?”
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.