Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Context Surprises

OK, we all know the phrase, "an eye for an eye", right? Well, I was just reading Exodus 21, the source of said phrase, and I was surprised by the context it's found in. Apparently, there's a whole list of punishments for different crimes/offenses, and one of them deals with the people who would perform an abortion:
22 And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23 But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

So if the person performing an abortion harms the mother of the aborted fetus, the husband of said woman (or father, one would assume, in his stead) is supposed to cause equal harm to the one who dealt it. Crazy. And let me say, the burning line is more than just a little disturbing.

Funny I never noticed that before, it's not like this is my first time through the Bible, or anything.

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