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Originally posted by kildros

jack-of-all-whats  asked:

I have a question on Numbers 31:18. This verse basically say that the virgin women were to be distributed with the soldiers. And it's considered that these females were young children. Were there any law or something that prohibited or protect these children from soldiers who have sexual relations with them? Thanks in advance.

Hello,

This is a complicated question dealing with Ancient Near East customs of warfare. Part of warfare, including warfare in the Old Testament, is about not allowing your culture to be destroyed by foreigners, and not allowing the true religion of Israel to be diluted with pagan and idolatrous syncretism, or mixing and dilution.

It is horrible to imagine Israel going to war and wiping out entire populations. We know that the figures were hugely exaggerated in the story telling, but even so, the description of women and children being killed in war is repugnant to us. Perhaps some background might help explain some of the narrative of Numbers 31 and the slaughter of the Midianites, who were at that time seen as nomads who raided people, and engaged in slave trading. 

Numbers 31 describes what happened when the tribes of Israel came up from the wilderness journeys into the land of Canaan. Some of the Canaanites and their allies, the Midianites, attempted to seduce the Israelites into pagan religion, sexual orgies, and idolatrous sacrifice, even to the point of human sacrifice and the sacrificing of children.

Of course, that is an extreme threat to Moses and the leaders, who had worked so hard to weed out idolatry in the desert, when they bowed down to the golden calf.

It appears that thanks to the Midianite women, a number of Israel’s men apostatized and became idol worshipers, again, abandoning the covenant with Yahweh, and instead entering into a covenant with Baal-Peor, or Baal of Peor.

The result of this virus or infection of paganism in the body of Israel is that Yahweh orders the idol worshipers to be sentenced to death.

And He orders Moses to gather an army of faithful Israelites to invade and destroy Midian, for their infiltration of the Hebrew tribes with pagan women, spreading sexual promiscuity, sex worship and fertility rites, and the rituals of making a covenant with Baal-Peor. All men were put to the sword, and all women who were of puberty and above.

But your question centers on the instruction that the young girls who have not slept with a man “you are to spare for yourselves” (Numbers 31:18). Does that mean have sex with the young girls, or that the soldiers can turn them into sex slaves? The answer would be no on two accounts:

1) Moses was already disgusted that the Midianite women had used sex, sex orgies, and fertility rituals to get a lot of the men to abandon Yahweh and sacrifice to idols instead. The last thing Moses would have wanted to encourage was the men taking young girls in order to rape and molest them.

2) The Scripture says that after the war against Midian, the men of Israel had to wait for seven days outside the camp in order to purify themselves and all the things which were seized in war. There was a huge obsession with diseases, and the diseases especially transmitted from sexual promiscuity with foreigners. Thus, not only would it cause married men of Israel to violate their marriage vows by having sex with these young Midianite girls, but it raping them would also be a danger to the purity of the girls who needed to be brought into the camp of Israel without diseases and impurities.

Most Scripture scholars are of the belief that “spare for yourselves” is a term meant to emphasize that these little girls were not to be slaughtered, but were to be adopted and put to work in the tents of the families of Israel. Eventually, there is little doubt that as they grew up, many of these Midianite girls would have married Hebrew young men.

An interesting article to help understand these difficult passages would be:

http://christianthinktank.com/midian.html

God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912)
“The Finding of Moses” (1904)
Oil on canvas
Academism
Currently in a private collection

Alma-Tadema worked on the painting for two years. By the time it was finished, his wife wryly quipped that the infant Moses would now be “two years old, and need no longer be carried”.

skmn-m  asked:

24 for PoE Ask? :)

for sure ;)

Prince of Egypt asks

24. Headcanon(s)?

Rameses and Moses didn’t start off as close as we know them to be. Little brothers are annoying, especially ones who show up out of nowhere and cry all the time and suck up all the love and attention that everyone in the palace used to shower on Rameses. Rameses isn’t done with being the baby yet - he grows so jealous of this new little person in his life that one of the handmaidens actually catches him shoving baby Moses into a basket, apparently trying to send him back to wherever he came from. Tuya had told him once that Moses was a gift from the gods but Rameses is not having it; he wonders why the gods couldn’t have sent him a new toy or something instead.

Things change once Moses is old enough to play: they bond over the pranks and adventures that get them both into trouble regularly. Being the sons of the pharaoh means they’re seen as close to gods, and a lot of the other children are afraid to play with them. So they quickly learn to enjoy each other’s company.