All right, I'll throw this one in for free. There is an issue that isn't well known about the verses about marrying the rapist. You're lacking context, and it's super important. This isn't your fault. It's not easily accessible to know the lives of the average Israelite unless you look really hard, and the information isn't perfect, but we can piece it together from the societies around them that mentioned them-and they bloody well did. One thing that was a really big deal to the Israelites was the ideas of monogamy and virginity. This was a huge deal back then, because you knew then all the kids were yours. We're still animals on some levels-we have a problem with little "strangers" popping up. We don't tend to like it. People have real issues with infidelity and the e blame isn't placed on her, but the children produced by it now. This is part of the issue why they put them together. The other is the fact that once rape happens, the woman is untouchable. Society instantly shunned the raped woman, which wasn't really right at all. In order to provide for a woman who has been made untouchable by this (and wartime rape was handled differently, just so you know) then the rapist is forced to marry his victim. And the entire community knows he did it. Every time he screws up there will be someone to kick his ass (very literally) and his wife will always have everyone's sympathy. In fact, some women used it to take revenge on the rapist. OK, most all women used it to torture them. It long term turns into a punishment for the rapist, not the victim. This is a time of arranged marriage for everyone, as well as a time when wartime rape was just another thing. We treat rape far differently than a lot of other cultures have. Multiple historical accounts contain quotes about "another battle, we're all gonna get raped again." I'm not defending this-I'm simply stating a historical fact. Rape was a common occurrence then, and this was a way for those women to still receive the status and honor due them, as well as an excuse to make a rapist miserable for his entire life. Some things I'm really glad they've changed, aren't you? This wouldn't work really except in the culture the command was issued to. Because of this as well as other issues (a chosen people vs. salvation for all) the treaty of the OT was superceded by that of the NT, and such like the above went away, replaced with the ideal to love one another and love God. Nexxo has said that the NT redeems the OT, but in my eyes it simply completes it. To hold Christians accountable for the actions of a completely separate religious group operating under another treaty, said treaty being stated at the get-go is temporary is kind of wrong. Believe it or not, I can go on about most topics of Levitical law with the same or better results. I wanted to learn all I could, so I did. It made it all make more sense, not less. Such like the dietary restrictions being ways to keep them from eating foods unsafe for them, or the restrictions on mold keeping them from getting fungal infections easily. Hygeine was not very big then, and they knew very little of what we do now, but you could do very well for yourself with the foodstuffs available by following some of the rules. And there were always those laws that were thrown in there just to make sure that they were different. They were supposed to be a people set apart, and the Levitical laws did that. People continue to dismiss the Bible as only fairy tales, but it's still an amazing record of a people group penned by themselves instead of pieced together by what others said of them. A culture's beliefs are a very are thing to pass on completely. We still learn things every day about some groups and their early history. Here we have a view into how they really thought. All right, I'm getting back to this half-dozen arrows that need completing. I'm still trying to get a process down for making proper Turkish arrows.