The Old Testament Ways to Get a Wife

Psst, guys! Forget eHarmony - Ian McKenzie of Ian's Messy Desk blog tells us 14 Old Testament Ways to Get a Wife. Here are the first five:

1. Find an attractive prisoner of war, bring her home, shave her head, trim her nails, and give her new clothes. Then she’s yours. - (Deuteronomy 21:11-13)
2. Find a prostitute and marry her. - (Hosea 1:1-3)
3. Find a man with seven daughters, and impress him by watering his flock.- Moses (Exodus 2:16-21)
4. Purchase a piece of property, and get a woman as part of the deal. - Boaz (Ruth 4:5-10)
5. Go to a party and hide. When the women come out to dance, grab one and carry her off to be your wife. - Benjaminites (Judges 21:19-25) - via Locust & Honey

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Interesting conversation. The Old Testament is fiction people! If I gave you a book claiming that UFO's have taken countless humans to other planets, the rational part of you would have a hard time believing it. It's the same with the bible. You have been taught to believe it from birth and you have, like so many others, not questioned it at all. Open your minds and think!
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@ Ted,
Let me educate you, my son. Here are 'some' of the passages in the NT that say to follow the OT.

First, why include the Tanakh ("Old" Testament) in your Bible if Christians are not to study and follow what it says?

Matthew 5:17 ‘Do not suppose that I came to throw down the law or the prophets—I did not come to throw down, but to fulfil;
18 for, verily I say to you, till that the heaven and the earth may pass away, one iota or one tittle may not pass away from the law, till that all may come to pass.
19 ‘Whoever therefore may loose one of these commands—the least—and may teach men so, least he shall be called in the reign of the heavens, but whoever may do and may teach them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens. (BBE)

Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Kjv)

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

1Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1Jonn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.....14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus....22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (KJV)

2 Timothy 3:14 But *thou*, abide in those things which thou hast learned, and of which thou hast been fully persuaded, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 and that from a child thou hast known the sacred letters, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 Every scripture is divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work. (Darby)

Ted, I suggest you pick up your Bible and actually read it, instead of 'slagging' non-believers, which only indicates *your* own prejudice against the non-Christians. Have a great day!
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I disagree, Thomas. TT was pretty over the top. And NiteWhite is wrong, as usual.

The New Testament does not say to "follow the Old Testament". For example, Jesus says "I give you a new commandment: to love each other as I have loved you".

Some passages in the New Testament reject Old Testament customs, and you can't seriously say that the New Testament advocates turning your daughter into a prostitute.

The examples given here are stories similar to the stories in many other cultures - the Roman "Rape of the Sabine Women", for example. They may be based on actual events, but they are certainly not methods that modern Christians are advocating. To slag the church based on this just indicates your own prejudice against the church.
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@Another Jake -- I don't see any anti-Christian hate speech here. I see people engaged in a lighthearted conversation about biblical examples of the sanctity of marriage. No one is suggesting that as a Christian you should go out and steal a wife at at party, or that it's common place. Also, a hyper-defensive attitude does nothing to convince nonbelievers of your moral high ground.
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