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How could I forget Exodus 22:18 - "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live"?

I'm not only going to hell, anyone who believes this has got to send me there ASAP.

- b.k. x

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morti
Aug. 6th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know about this and will look into it and ask around for you, but I have a couple of possible ideas.

1) It makes perfect sense if you think of it as "do not allow witches to live" not as in "kill witches on sight" but "don't let witches be witches".

2) This is Exodus when God's people lived under the old law which, in some ways, no longer applies. It's contextual and was fitting for the time but isn't anymore, so "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is somewhat more relevant.

However, what I've just said might not be the case, since I don't know much of the background and context for Exodus. Remind me to get back to you once I'm back from Notts.
bikz
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)
my thoughts ....
1. Thousands of innocent women, most of them not actual witches, were brutally killed, mainly at Salem but also elsewhere, because of this one quote. That's a bit of a contradiction when, a few chapters ago (can't be arsed to check what the exact reference is, but everyone knows it's there), Moses said "Thou shalt not kill".

2. As I have said before, the current 22:18 is not an Exodus law at all. It was written for the King James version, and I'm pretty sure that any King James there was lived long after the Bible was written. In fact, it's silly even then, because real witches were very rare until around the 1950s. What's sillier is that thousands of innocent women, the vast majority of whom weren't witches at all, were brutally murdered by Christians because of this one quote.

3. What are you doing in Notts!?

- b.k. x

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