March 18, 2007

Breadcrumb: You call that a punishment?

We've established in previous Breadcrumbs that many people in the Bible considered their children to be their most valuable possessions. In Lev. 20:20-21, we read that the punishment for sleeping with your uncle's wife or your brother's wife is that you will both die childless. Apparently children were so important that to die without them was considered a punishment worthy of putting in a chapter where three-quarters of the sins result in death, and the rest result in excommunication. And to think that today, some people are childless by choice.

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