Gender roles and dating

The word Hebrew word that “endow” is translating is Mahar which means “ In this passage God was saying that if a man seduced a virgin who was not betrothed to another man and he had sex with her that he had to pay her father the bride price and her father would decide if he would allow the man to marry his daughter.The father had the power to refuse him even after the man seduced his daughter but he still had to pay the bride price because he violated the father’s property rights regarding his daughter.

The only consent she needed was Boaz and then he confirmed with a nearer relative that he could in fact marry her.

“28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.” – Deuteronomy -29 (KJV) This is a very controversial passage of the Scriptures that atheists and others who hate the Bible, hate the Jews and hate the Christian faith love to use to try say the Bible promotes immoral activity.

If the woman’s husband dies or he sends her away in divorce then the chain of authority is broken and she is free to marry whom she will.

What is no longer required is that a man be forced to marry a virgin he has sex with.

The real problem people have with this passage is NOT that a woman might have to potentially marry her rapist.

The real problem people have is the fact that God gives such power of a father over his daughter that he could force her to marry her rapist.Some say there is no mention of the father’s consenting to marriage and that it must automatically happen.But we must remember that no passage of Scripture stands on its own.The man had to care for her the rest of her life and he could not divorce her for ANY reason.Now this does not mean a father HAD to have his daughter marry her rapist – it was his discretion.In the time period this was given a woman’s virginity was her most prized position.

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