Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
Exodus: Family Values
- God threatens to kill the Pharaoh's firstborn son. 4:23
- Moses was the product of an incestuous marriage. 6:20
- God explains to Moses that he intends to "smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast.
- After God has sufficiently hardened the Pharaoh's heart, he kills all the firstborn Egyptian children. When he was finished
"there was not a house where there was not one dead." Finally, he runs out of little babies to kill, so he slaughters the firstborn
cattle, too. 12:29
- Moses kisses his father-in-law (Jethro, Hobab, or Reul)
and treats him as though he were a king, but he completely ignores his wife (Zipporah, who in 4:24-26 saved
him from God's attempt to murder him) and two sons. 18:6-27
- God says it's okay for slave owners to split up slave families. 21:4
- "His master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever." 21:6
- How to sell your daughter -- and what to do if she fails to please her new master. 21:7-8
- God's instructions for taking a second wife. 21:10
- A child who hits or curses his parents must be executed. 21:15, 17
- If you "entice" an "unmarried maid" to "lie" with you, then you must marry her, unless the father
refuses to give her to you, in which case you must pay him the going price for virgins.
- If you make God angry enough, he will kill you and your family with his own sword. 22:24
- "The firstborn of thy sons thou shalt give unto me." (As a burnt offering?) 22:29
- God tells the Israelites to kill their family and friends for dancing naked around Aaron's golden calf.
- God says that he visits "the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's
children, unto the third and fourth generation."