Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Israelites Respond to Women's Dismemberment with Civil War (Judges, Chapter 20) - After the parts of the concubine reach the various regions of Israel, the Israelites gather up and ask the man responsible, "What the hell did you do this for?!?"
They actually said something a little mild, recorded in the King James Bible as "How was this wickedness?"
The man who carved up his concubine responded that while he was staying in Gibeah (a Benjamite town), the house was surrounded by the men of the town who apparently wanted to kill him (or rape him). Instead, he gave up his concubine to be raped by the Benjamites. After the ordeal, he naturally carved her up and sent her pieces to all of Israel to let everyone know about what happened.
The Israelites gathered a 400,000 man army. The Benjamites only had a 26,000 man army, plus 700 left-handed slingers. These slingers apparently could aim at a hair and hit it. That's right - sniper slingers.
On the first charge against the Benjamites, the Israelites lost 22,000 men. The second time they lost 18,000 men, despite the okay by God Himself. It wasn't until a hard-fought third charge that the Israelites managed to rout the Benjamites and when that happened, they went into the Benjamite cities and slaughtered everyone, including their livestock.
And that's how an entire tribe of people were slaughtered because: 1) an Israelite man almost got murdered or raped by a mob people; 2) the Israelite man offered his concubine to be raped by the mob; and 3)after the gangrape, the Israelite man carved up the woman and sent her body parts to various sections of Israelite territory.