By Cheryl Anderson
The 10 Commandments condone slavery, and Deuteronomy 22 deems the rape of an single lady to injure her father instead of the girl herself. whereas many Christians forget about most elderly testomony legislation as out of date or irrelevant-with others deciding on and selecting between them in aid of particular political and social agendas-it is still a uncomplicated guideline of Christian doctrine that the religion is contained in either the previous and the recent testomony. If the legislations is neglected, a massive element of the religion culture is denied.In historic legislation and modern Controversies, Cheryl B. Anderson tackles this challenge head on, trying to solution the query even if the legislation of the outdated testomony are authoritative for Christians this present day. the problem is important: a few Christians really think that the hot testomony abolishes the legislation, or that the Protestant reformers Luther, Calvin, and Wesley rejected the legislation. Acknowledging the deeply complex nature of a few outdated testomony legislations (especially because it applies to girls, the terrible, and homosexuals), Anderson reveals that modern controversies are the results of such teams now expressing their very own realities and religion perspectives.Anderson means that we method biblical legislation in a lot a similar means that we technique the U.S. structure. whereas the nation's founding fathers-all privileged white men-did no longer have the bad, girls, or humans of colour in brain after they referred in its preamble to "We the people." thus, the structure has developed via modification and interpretation to incorporate those that have been at the start excluded. even though it is most unlikely to amend the biblical texts themselves, the best way they're interpreted can-and should-change. With past scholarship grounded within the outdated testomony in addition to severe, criminal, and feminist thought, Anderson is uniquely certified to use insights from modern legislation to the interpretive historical past of biblical legislations, and to attract out their implications for problems with gender, type, and race/ethnicity. In so doing, she lays the basis for an inclusive mode of biblical interpretation.
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17–26)—and then addresses the Ten Commandments (Exod. 4 Women and (Homo)Sexuality According to Exodus 22:16–18, when a man seduces and lies with a virgin who is not engaged to be married, he must give the bride-price for her and make her his wife. If the father refuses to give his daughter to him, the man must pay to the father an amount equal to the bride-price for virgins. The use of the verb “seduce” here tends to imply that the female consented. ”5 Indeed, the law assumes that she is incapable of giving consent, and we make the same PROBLEMATIC BIBLICAL LAWS 33 assumption in contemporary laws on statutory rape with individuals under a certain age.
Unmasking the Church The easiest way for the privileged elite of the church to mask their particularities is to contend that their texts and biblical interpretations are of divine and not human origin. Of course, by all appearances, associating any tradition with God makes them appear more holy and therefore more appealing to believers. An added advantage, however, is that to afﬁrm an entirely divine origin means that no human (and therefore no male) inﬂuence has to be acknowledged. The clearest example of this can be found in the fundamentalist doctrine of Scripture.
68 The sexuality of race was made explicit in this equation of domination, and the “science” of race served to cement what the Church already had done, making the sexualized dynamic of dominance and submission natural. ”73 As seen earlier, Western territorial expansion and domination were and continue to be gendered, resting on oppositional polarities of the dominant/masculine/Westerner over and against the subordinate/feminine/conquered land. It is not hard to make the connection between the colonial and missionary paradigm of domination over native (nonwhite) peoples and their lands with the current ecological crisis.