The Apostle Paul claimed that women have inferior judgment.
(1 Tim 2:9-12 NRSV) also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, …
Let a woman learn in silence with full submission.
I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.
(1 Tim 2:13-14 NRSV) For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was *not deceived*, but the woman *was deceived* and became a transgressor.
So Eve was deceived, therefore the judgments of all descendent women are inferior according to the Apostle Paul.
The Apostle Paul says that women should be silent in church and learn at home from their husbands.
(1 Cor 14:34 NRSV) women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the law also says.
(1 Cor 14:35 NRSV) If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
(1 Tim 2:11 NRSV) Let a woman learn in silence with full submission.
(1 Tim 2:12 NRSV) I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.
(1 Cor 11:5 NRSV) but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head–it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved.
(1 Cor 11:7 NRSV) For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man.
A poor gentile mother begs at Jesus’ feet for her little daughter and Jesus’ response is to refer to her and her daughter as dogs because they weren’t Jewish.
(Mark 7:25 NRSV) but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.
(Mark 7:26 NRSV) Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
(Mark 7:27 NRSV) He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs."
Note: Jesus did eventually help, but he didn’t need to be so rude to a mother begging at his feet for her little daughter. This is inconsistent with a "loving" Jesus.
Jesus says you will be rewarded if you abandon your wife and kids for for the "kingdom of God".
(Luke 18:28-30 NRSV) Then Peter said, "Look, we have left our homes and followed you."
And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life."
Solomon has his competition (his brother Adonijah), his competition’s sympathizer, and an old turncoat murdered to ensure his rule.
Solomon who was supposed to have "divine right" to the throne, feels the need to execute his possible rivals immediately after ascending to it.
(1 Ki 2:24 NRSV) Now therefore as the LORD lives, who has established me and placed me on the throne of my father David, and who has made me a house as he promised, today Adonijah shall be put to death."
(1 Ki 2:29 NRSV) When it was told King Solomon, "Joab has fled to the tent of the LORD and now is beside the altar," Solomon sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada, saying, "Go, strike him down."
(1 Ki 2:46 NRSV) Then the king commanded Benaiah son of Jehoiada; and he went out and struck him (Shimei) down, and he died. So the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
Here Jesus says it’s ok to castrate yourself for the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat 19:12 NRSV) For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the *kingdom of heaven*. Let anyone accept this who can."
The Greek words for kingdom and heaven are: *basileia* and *ouranos*.
932. basileia, bas-il-i’-ah; from G935; prop. royalty, i.e. (abstr.) rule, or (concr.) a realm (lit. or fig.):–kingdom, + reign
3772. ouranos, oo-ran-os’; perh. from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extens. heaven (as the abode of God); by impl. happiness, power, eternity; spec. the Gospel (Christianity): –air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.
Note: This passage is purposely distorted in the NIV and Living bible to appear to be dealing with marriage. There is nothing in the original Greek for this verse that has anything to do with marriage.
The Greek word in this verse specifically is eunuch:
2135. eunouchos, yoo-noo’-khos; from eune (a bed) and G2192; a castrated person (such being employed in Oriental bed-chambers); by extens. an impotent or unmarried man; by impl. a chamberlain (state-officer):–eunuch.
Samson loses a bet, the "spirit of the Lord comes upon him" and he slays 30 Philistine men to get their robes to pay off the bet.
(Judg 14:19 KJV) And the spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle…
Perverse men come banging on the door of a man of God and he gives them his guest’s concubine:
(Judg 19:22 NRSV) While they were enjoying themselves, the men of the city, a perverse lot, surrounded the house, and started pounding on the door. They said to the old man, the master of the house, "Bring out the man who came into your house, so that we may have intercourse with him."
(Judg 19:24 NRSV) (The old man) Here are my virgin daughter and his concubine; let me bring them out now. Ravish them and do whatever you want to them; but against this man do not
do such a vile thing."
(Judg 19:25 NRSV) … So the man seized his concubine, and put her out to them. They wantonly raped her, and abused her all through the night until the morning. And as the dawn began
to break, they let her go.
(later the poor innocent raped concubine returns and is sadistically murdered)
(Judg 19:29 NRSV) When he had entered his house, he took a knife, and grasping his concubine he cut her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.
To prove he is a man of God, Elijah has fire come down from heaven and burn to death 51 men.
(2 Ki 1:10 NRSV) But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." Then fire came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
A barbaric punishment for women who interfere with their husband’s brawl.
(Deut 25:11-12 NRSV) If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and seizing his genitals,
you shall cut off her hand; show no pity.
Samson kills 3000 men and women with the help of "God strengthening him".
(Judg 16:27-30 NRSV) Now the house was full of men and women; all the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about *three thousand men and women*, who looked on while Samson performed.
Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "Lord GOD, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one act of revenge I may pay back the Philistines for my two eyes."
And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other.
Then Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." He strained with all his might; and the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So those he killed at his death were more than those he had killed during his life.
King Solomon enslaves thirty thousand men to build his Temple (which has never been found by archaeologists).
.. Solomon’s biblical Temple of which, like the king who made it, not one trace has survived. – from Romer’s book "Testament"
(1 Ki 5:5 NRSV) So I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD said to my father David, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall
build the house for my name.’
(1 Ki 5:13-14 NRSV) King Solomon conscripted *forced labor* out of all Israel; the levy numbered thirty thousand men.
He sent them to the Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts; they would be a month in the Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor.
Moses is angry because women had been allowed to live by solders in a raid. He tells the soldiers to take the virgins for yourselves and kill all the non-virgins as well as the male children.
(Num 31:14-18 NRSV) Moses became angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.
*Moses said to them, "Have you allowed all the women to live?*
These women here, on Balaam’s advice, made the Israelites act treacherously against the LORD in the affair of Peor, so that the plague came among the congregation of the LORD.
Now therefore, kill every male among the *little ones*, and *kill every woman* who has known a man by sleeping with him.
But all the young girls who have not known a man by sleeping with him, keep alive for yourselves.
The Jabesh-gilead tribe of Israel failed to show up for a roll call and are all killed, men, women, and children.
(Judg 21:10 NRSV) So the congregation sent twelve thousand soldiers there and commanded them, "Go, put the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead to the sword, including the women and the little ones.
Elisha, angered by some children making fun of him curses them and she-bears come out of the woods and mauled the children.
(2 Ki 2:22-24 NRSV)
He went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying,
"Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!"
When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.
King Saul is jealous because David slaughters 10 times more people.
(1 Sam 18:7-8 NRSV) And the women sang to one another as they made merry, "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
Saul was very angry, for this saying displeased him. He said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands;
King David sees Bathsheba in the nude as she is sunbathing, impregnates her and sends her husband off to be killed at the front line of a battle. (Later God disapproves and kills the
baby that is born)
(2 Sam 11:4 NRSV) So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, "I am pregnant."
(King David thinks of a way to get rid of her husband)
(2 Sam 11:15 NRSV) In the letter he wrote, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die."
(After he had her husband killed, he added her to his harem of 6 other women)
(2 Sam 11:27 NRSV) When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.
More murder by King David:
(1 Sam 27:9-10 NRSV) David struck the land, leaving neither man nor woman alive,
When Achish asked, "Against whom have you made a raid today?" David would say,
"Against the Negeb of Judah," or "Against the Negeb of the Jerahmeelites," or, "Against the Negeb of the Kenites."
(2 Sam 3:14 NRSV) Then David sent messengers to Saul’s son Ishbaal, saying, "Give me my wife Michal, to whom I became engaged at the price of one hundred foreskins of the Philistines."
(2 Sam 8:13 NRSV) David won a name for himself. When he returned, he killed eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
(2 Sam 18:7 NRSV) The men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the slaughter there was great on that day, twenty thousand men.
After King David sleeps with another man’s wife and then sends that man off to battle to die, God is not pleased, so he kills the innocent baby.
(2 Sam 12:14 NRSV) Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child that is born to you shall die."
A man is killed for picking up sticks on the Sabbath
(Num 15:32-36 NRSV)
When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the sabbath day.
Those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses, Aaron, and to the whole congregation.
They put him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him outside the camp."
The whole congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death,
just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
King Solomon has 1000 lovers.
(1 Ki 11:1 NRSV) King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,
(1 Ki 11:3 NRSV) Among his wives were seven hundred princesses and three hundred concubines;
The children of Israel (God’s chosen nation) had slaves. Here is a law concerning their treatment:
(Exo 21:20-21 NRSV) When a slave owner strikes a male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies immediately, the owner shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, there is no punishment; for the slave is the owner’s property.
The adventures of Joab (servant of King David):
(Joab is after Amasa and Sheba, he finds the first one)
(2 Sam 20:9-10 NRSV) Joab said to Amasa, "Is it well with you, my brother?" And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.
But Amasa did not notice the sword in Joab’s hand; Joab struck him in the belly so that his entrails poured out on the ground, and he died.
(Joab goes after Sheba in Abel of Bethmaacah, his forces start to batter a wall down when a woman comes up with a plan to save her city)
(2 Sam 20:21-22 NRSV) The woman said to Joab, "His head shall be thrown over the wall to you."
Then the woman went to all the people with her wise plan. And they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab.
Jael kills her guest Sisera with a tent peg
(Judg 5:24-27 NRSV) "Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, of tent dwelling women most blessed.
He asked water and she gave him milk, she brought him curds in a lordly bowl.
She put her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet; she struck Sisera a blow, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.
He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet; at her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell dead.
An instance of human sacrifice to the God of the Bible.
A man burns his daughter as a sacrificial offering to the God of the Bible in exchange for letting him kill the Ammonites.
(Judg 11:30-31 NRSV) And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when
I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt offering."
(Jephthah’s daughter came out to cheer his victory and Jephthah burns her as a sacrifice to God)
Noah becomes drunk and passes out naked. Noah’s son Ham sees Noah naked and Noah curses Ham’s son (*Canaan*).
(Gen 9:21-25 NRSV) He (Noah) drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told
his two brothers outside.
Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son (Ham) had *done* to him, he said, "Cursed be Canaan (Ham’s son); lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers."
It is thought that this story has been modified because it makes no sense in it’s current form. It is possible that this story originally had Ham castrating Noah, which would explain Noah’s anger.
By emasculating Noah, Ham would have deprived Noah of a fourth son who would have replaced Ham’s son as Noah’s heir.
There are many parallel castration myths (for example: Cronos castrates his father Uranus).
According to the bible, disrespectful children are to be dealt with harshly.
(Exo 21:17 NRSV) Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death.