4. Benjamites enslave young women. (Judges 21)
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Alright, this is just messed up, so be ready for that.
The tribe of Benjamin was one of the 12 Tribes of Israel. At one point (Judges 19), men from this tribe gang-raped a woman to death. War ensued, the Benjamites lost, and their entire tribe was cut off.
Before long, the others tribes felt sorry for their rapist-cousins who now had no women to marry. So… the Israelites ordered 12,000 soldiers to go to Jabesh-Gilead and: “Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin.” That left 400 young girls who were captured and condemned to Benjamite sex slavery.
There still weren’t enough women for the Benjamites, so the leaders of God’s people told their rapist cousins to go to Shiloh and: “When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife.” And that’s exactly what happened.
Why You’ll Never Hear it in Church:
This brutal, ISIS-like concept of violently capturing young girls and forcing them into sex and domestic slavery is kind of off-putting, don’t you think?
What to Talk about if You Do:
How would you discuss Judges 21 with your teen daughter?
How does knowing this history affect your own faith today?
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