Exodus: Interpretation

  1. Is magic OK? 4:2-6, 22:18
  2. Does God approve of slavery? 12:44, 20:17, 21:2-6, 21:7, 21:16, 21:20-21, 21:26-27, 21:32, 22:2-3
  3. God spake all these words
    These words" are generally considered to be The Ten Commandments. But the text doesn't call this un-numbered list "The Ten Commandments"; it only says that "these words" were spoken by God. (See Exodus 34:28 where the phrase "Ten Commandments" is actually used.) 20:1
  4. "If he take him another wife...."
    Is polygamy OK? 21:10
  5. "The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel."
    The Christian Right uses this verse to justify an absolute flat tax, where everyone, rich or poor, pays the same dollar amount in taxes. 30:15
  6. Does God approve of capital punishment? 21:15-17, 22:18, 31:14-15, 35:2
  7. Is dancing a sin? 15:21-21, 32:19-21, 31
  8. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
    Saluting the Flag 20:3-5