Does Numbers 31 mention sex slavery?
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Does Numbers 31 mention sex slavery? Let's see if the evidence points to that idea.
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An English and Hebrew Lexicon – Professor Selig Newman:
“CHILD , an INFANT … טַף… an offspring,… get with-……” (An English and Hebrew lexicon composed after Johnson’s directory, containing fifteen thousand English words, rendered into Biblical, or rabbinical Hebrew, or into Chaldee. To which is annexed a list of English and Hebrew words the expressions and meanings of which appear to be the same in both languages (1832), by Professor Selig Newman page 61)A complete Hebrew-English pocket-dictionary to the Old Testament (1905) – Karl Feyerabend:
“טַף (TAF) ., i.p. .., w.s…. coll. CHILDREN, LITTLE ONES. (A complete Hebrew-English pocket-dictionary to the Old Testament (1905]) By Karl Feyerabend page 118)A Compendious Hebrew-Lexicon – Samuel Pike:
“טַף LITTLE ONES or CHILDREN… mincing in a childish manner, Isai. Iii. 16. –… to drop, or distil… to prophecy, or distil instruction, Micah ii. 6, 11.” (A Compendious Hebrew Lexicon, Adapted to the English Language, and Composed upon A New and Commodious Plan [Second Edition (1811)] by Samuel Pike page 59)
Does Numbers 31 mention sex slavery? Well, the short answer no, and long answer no. Let me explain why.
There is no evidence for sex slavery to be in Numbers 31, in fact, that must be read into the text. Basing on Bible commentary.
Reformation Study Bible – “31:13–18 Moses’ command that all the women who were not virgins must be killed was due to the immorality at Peor. All males were killed, including children, probably to prevent any resurgence of the Midianite clans (cf. v. 7).”
And these videos as well.
Michael Heiser - The Historical Context of Numbers 31 (Naked Bible Podcast) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxcxQJYYsD4
Answering Muslims: Numbers 31:18 and Islamic Paradise
“What about the non-virgins!”
As the commentary I cited, the reason why they were killed, is because of sexual immorality.
“What about the men and boys!”
Again, As the commentary I cited says, to avoid an uprising of the Midianites.
“Jesus was mention in Number 31:40!”
No, it does not. In fact, if you read the passage, it does not mention him anywhere.
Numbers 31 does not mention sex slavery. And that must be read into the text. So, hope my opponent response to those arguments that I made.
yes of course numbers31 talks about sex with little girls
my point still stands there is little evidence from the other side about the fate of the girls at the hands of Jesus man
not a good argument to defend children being killed because children can not do that
yes numbers 31 is talking about sex with little children
No, Numbers 31 doesn't talk about sex with little girls, since I have provided evidence for why isn't doesn't talk about that. And, isn't the Tulmad written way after Numbers was written? Also, don't rabbis (Like they did with Rebecca's age) add stuff into the text? Just thought of pointing that out to you. , But, what if they grew up and look at their tribe's past? They would most likely bring an uprising. So, your argument is stupid.