Deuteronomy 22 — It starts off pretty random but then focuses when it comes to the claim of promiscuity/test of virginity passage and the adultery/rape passage.
Deuteronomy 22:13-21 — I’ve read these laws a number of times but it’s just now that I thought about what a stand up guy Joseph was to try and break off his marriage with Mary quietly. We know that she was a virgin but to onlookers she would have appeared to have been promiscuous while betrothed to Joseph. He certainly thought so. But rather than have her stoned to death he was willing to call it quits. Of course the angel showed up and told him what’s what, but still, I like how he tried to handle the situation.
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 — The unbetrothed virgin rape thing throws a lot of people for a loop. The thought of a woman marrying her rapist is abominable in Western culture. But in the ANE a woman who was raped was defiled and no one would marry her. By commanding the rapist to marry his victim the LORD was actually doing something to preserve her honor. It’s still tough to swallow, but given the culture we can’t fault it.
Deuteronomy 23:3 — Thank God Ruth got around this one!
Deuteronomy 23:6 — I wonder what, if any, implications this has for modern ecumenicism (in principle that is).
Deuteronomy 23:19-20, 24-25 — This is a great principle; something I think Christians should observe as much as possible. I do wonder why these two passages are broken up by vv. 21-23 since the point is pretty much the same (or, what does that tell us about vv. 21-23 if anything?) and what’s the big deal about using a sickle as opposed to your hand? I would imagine that a sickle would cut more grain and cut it faster, so is this telling us something about being greedy or taking advantage of your neighbor?
Deuteronomy 24:16 — Problem for original sin? Maybe. Maybe not.
Deuteronomy 25:5-10 — Talk about selflessness! You have to wed your brothers wife; give your kid your brother’s name, and if you don’t want to do it then you get your face spit in and a bad name. Harsh!