• Law,  Old Testament

    The Bible and Rape: Must a Girl Marry Her Rapist?

    Critics of the Bible often say the Bible is anti-women when it comes to the issue of rape. It is common to point to the rape law in Deuteronomy 22:28–29 as evidence that the Bible is hopelessly out of touch with ethical norms and the common decency which marks contemporary society. This passage reads as follows: “If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he…