|5th October 2011||#15|
Funny video!! And relevant to my current interests. Haha. I've been reading a book on the history of marriage (I sound so cool, don't I? Nerd alert). I am pretty sure that most people (women especially) would have no wish to return to "traditional" marriage, if they read about it.
There are some errors in the video, though (I give it a break because it was created for humor's sake and definitely succeeded on that front).
In short: Solomon's many wives and concubines was something that was looked down upon, and viewed as his weakness/folly, if I remember correctly, and not an acceptable standard of marriage. Sarah was Abraham's half-sister. And Eve had more children than just Cain and Abel - Genesis 5:3. (Both of the previously mentioned cases are still incestuous, though).
I do think that it is alright if we view these things outside of the context of their culture and time.
As an example: men being commanded to marry the women they raped. I would assume this was a backwards way of protecting the woman from being unable to survive. Once raped, she would no longer be seen as a virgin. No one would want her because she would be impure. Women back then were not independent and she would be alone, childless, and poor for the rest of her life.
But why should that change our judgment? I think it should make it more scathing. They had women marry their rapists because they did not allow them to be equal to men, and put way too much emphasis on virginity -- sometimes to the point of executing women who had sex before marrying. I don't think proper context helps their case at all, but instead hinders it.
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