Did the elders of Israel allow the men of Benjamin to rape the daughters of Shiloh in Judges 21?
Did the elders of Israel think it better the violation of the daughters of Shiloh than to break a vow which they had hastily taken?
Yes, but they were hasty in their thinking.
They had found a partial solution already:
13 Then the whole assembly ...
It depends on what you mean by “rape”. If you mean sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against a person's will, that would depend on the response of the women being carried away to be wives once they understood what was happening. If it means an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying ...
Samson doesn't just believe alone, the Bible also bears witness that his hair is the secret of his strength.
...So the secret of his strength was not known.
Judges 16:9 (ESV):
Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it ...
17 Samson told her all that was in his heart:
Samson did not lie. He told the truth. He really believed this.
“My hair has never been cut, because I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I will become as weak as any other man.”
Being a Nazirite did not automatically give anyone super-...
The differences between these are rather simple:
תְּרָפִים Teraphim = a household idol of any description, ie, "a kind of idol, object of reverence, and means of divination" (BDB), eg, Gen 31:19, 35, 1 Sam 19:13, 16, Judges 17:5, 18:14, 20, Hos 3:4, etc.
פְסִיל Pasil, carved image = an idol produced by carving from solid, whether from wood, stone ...
King James Bible Judges 18:17
And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image [H6456], and the ephod, and the teraphim [H8655], and the molten image [H4541]: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.
These were objects inside ...
Does God condone or command that Jephthah sacrifice his daughter? (Judges 11:34-39)
Assume that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter.
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire,
What Jephthah did was against Deuteronomy 18:10. God would not have condoned or commanded Jephthah to sin.
He dedicated her to Gods service . She actually didn't die.
“And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.”
Judges 11:39 "And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did ...
Jacob's wedding may shed some light on this, Genesis 29:
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”
Jacob was looking forward to coitus.
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
on the first evening of the wedding feast
23 But when evening came, he took his ...
The Hebrew word rendered "blameless" in the version quoted in the question is נִקֵּ֥יתִי, or "niq·qê·ṯî" (H5352). This word is in the Nifal form of the verb, which means it is a passive-voice verb. It can be variously translated as:
to be cleaned out, be purged out
to be clean, be free from guilt, be innocent
to be free, be exempt from ...
Judges 18 Is the young Levite Jonathan?
Ellicott thought so:
Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh.—The extreme reluctance to admit this fact—the disgrace involved against the memory of Moses by this rapid and total degeneracy of his grandson—is probably the reason why up to this point in the narrative the name has been withheld. There can, ...
God neither condoned nor ordered Jephthah to sacrifice his daughter. God had no choice but to stand aside, and Jephthah had to carry out what he had vowed.
JUDGES 11:31 then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt ...
According to the Law of Moses, any child who is dedicated to the Lord must be redeemed with the sacrifice of a lamb. If you will notice in the story, Jephthah's daughter was given the opportunity to lament her virginity. From that point on, she was dedicated to the Lord and would never marry or have children. This was why Jephthah was so sorrowful. She was ...
How was Samson not in violation of his Nazirite Vow?
Note the distinction made in the topic "Nazirite" in the Insight on the Scriptures:
There were two classes of Nazirites: those who volunteered and those who were such by divine appointment. The regulations governing volunteer Nazirites are found in the book of Numbers, chapter 6. Either men or ...
How was Samson not in violation of the prohibition not to even go near a dead body?
The deeper question is this: Why didn't Samson lose his power after going near a dead body?
Why should he? Moses' laws didn't say that a Nazirite should lose his superpower after going near a dead body.
Instead of Moses' stipulations, we have Samson's own confession ...
I never considered that killing someone might violate the clause of touching a dead body -- that's some real hair-splitting which would require debates as to the moment they are dead and whether you were still touching them, say if you killed them with a punch.
In either case, it's a tough call and not obvious either way.
As to whether Samson violated ...