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The dust on the floor was probably mostly ashes from the burnt offerings. Burnt animal fats with frankincense and the such to atone sins or to give praise to the Lord. A sweet savor for the Lord.
I don't know why but I love that phrase. Sweet savor. Sounds yummy.
19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”
“‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”
29 “‘This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and makes herself impure while married to her husband, 30 or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the Lord and is to apply this entire law to her. 31 The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.’”
I don't believe in magic "smart" water.
I also don't believe in a "God" that would support the stoning of young women
Chance? Seems like God could have come up with a better idea than that.
Doesn't mention any punishments a man should face if he has sex with his wife handmaiden.
I don't claim to believe in it either. I've already told you that.
But as I've also already told you; the fact that the people of the time did have that belief gave a woman a realistic chance of rebutting the charge of unfaithfulness.
Giving a woman some way of rebutting the charge was a great deal better than allowing her to be condemned automatically because the man was infected by jealousy.
It gave her an escape route, which was better than not having an escape route.
And the whole point of some of these laws is to find ways of STOPPING them from getting stoned.
Can't you see that any law which stops them getting stoned is an improvement on having no law at all which stops them getting stoned?
That is not "support" at all, but trying to put forward ways of getting them away from the practice. But a society can't be changed suddenly, so it has to be changed gradually.
You need to look at these gradual developments like a young bachelor looking at his monthly house-cleaning. Not "This is bad, because it doesn't match up to a perfect standard", but "This is good, because it is a vast improvement on what it looked like previously".
Capital punishment in Egypt can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian civilization, where the death penalty was carried out against those who broke the Ma'at, a law which forbade crimes such as murder, theft, sacrilege, attempts on the life of the Pharaoh, and spying. Methods of execution included beheading, sacrifice, and drowning in the Nile in a closed sack.
Unlike the position of women in most other ancient civilizations, including that of Greece, the Egyptian woman seems to have enjoyed the same legal and economic rights as the Egyptian man-- at least in theory. This notion is reflected in Egyptian art and historical inscriptions.
It is uncertain why these rights existed for the woman in Egypt but no where else in the ancient world. It may well be that such rights were ultimately related to the theoretical role of the king in Egyptian society.