Bible study 174 – Deuteronomy 22

Many of the rules in this chapter are modified versions of earlier rules scattered all over Pentateuch.

Wandering or incapacitated animals must be returned to their owner.

Do not cross-dress.

Do not capture a bird together with its eggs (God probably wouldn’t have approved of oyakodon).

Build a parapet (wall) on your roof, so that noone falls down from it.

Do not mix different crops, draft animals or fabrics.

Make cords (“tassels”) on your clothes.

If a husband claims that his wife was not a virgin when they married, the parents must produce the cloth on which the couple first had intercourse. If it is not blood-stained, the wife is executed. If it is blood-stained (presumably from the hymen breaking) and the husband was lying, he must pay a fine. (If Moses meant what he said about bearing false witness in chapter 19, though, he should clearly have had the husband executed as well.)

Adultery carries the death penalty, although the woman is spared if she was raped. Raping an unmarried woman, however, only forces you to marry the woman.

Do not marry your father’s wife.

Deuteronomy 22:5
A woman shall not wear a man’s apparel, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for whoever does such things is abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Full text.

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