Girl Energy, Singles’ Sex and Single Mothers in Ancient Israel


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About 500 BCE King Xerxes ruled more than a enormous Persian empire stretching from Egypt to India. Early in his reign he organized a seven day semi-drunken feast for guys to celebrate his glory and energy. His wife, Queen Vashti, carried out a separate feast for girls. On the seventh day of the feast, higher on wine, he sent seven eunuchs to escort the queen to his celebration so that the guys could see how stunning she was. He directed her to put on her crown, but it is not clear if he wanted her to put on something else.

Several commentators think she was anticipated to seem naked. Lots of of the guys had likely currently viewed her completely clad and would doubtless have appreciated a additional revealing image of her beauty. In any case Vashti refused to go.

Soon after counselling with his smart guys Xerxes dismissed her as queen. He then had the difficulty of locating a further queen – and wife. His individual attendants recommended he conduct a beauty contest involving the most eye-catching young virgins to decide who ought to be queen. The king readily accepted this suggestions. He appointed commissioners in each and every of the 127 provinces of his empire to locate stunning virgin girls to send to the capital city, Shushan, for assessment. Portion of the assessment method necessary each and every virgin to commit a evening with the king. It would have been an arduous process for the king due to the fact, according to Josephus, 400 virgins have been sent in from the provinces. This story, along with what followed, is reported also in the biblical book known as Esther.

At some point the king chosen a clear winner and, unbelievably, she turned out to be a Jewish girl known as Esther who was “beautiful in kind and characteristics”. (two:7 NIV)

Ahead of going additional we may perhaps want to reflect on the moral fibre of these two queens. It would appear that the Persian Queen Vashti was taking a stand on principle and was treated extremely harshly due to the fact of it although Esther, as a young Jewish girl, seemed to have no qualms about obtaining sex with the king. It was, of course, only a matter of singles’ sex due to the fact the king had divorced Vashti.

The penalty for adultery in Israel was death, but what about singles’ sex? One particular biblical passage (Exodus 22:16,17) indicates that the penalty for singles’ sex was that the errant pair had to marry, supplied dad permitted, and the guy had to spend the bride value.

Hence the insertion of the penis into the vagina constituted a marriage proposal and the girl was assumed to have accepted the proposal unless she screamed loudly as in a rape case. (Deuteronomy 22:25-28) If dad did not permit the marriage the guy nonetheless had to spend the bride value due to the fact his daughter, as a non-virgin now, had been devalued in the marketplace. This in itself would give the guy some lead to for restraint in pursuing his sexual activities.

There is also a possibility the girl could turn out to be a single mother as a outcome of the sexual marriage proposal but presumably the father, obtaining banned the marriage, would really feel some duty to help the mother and youngster.

We would, of course,see these provisions as extremely primitive and fairly unacceptable but it is beneficial to don’t forget that there would be nowhere close to as a lot of single mothers, a lot much less sexually transmitted illness, and possibly fewer divorces beneath the Jewish method due to the fact dad (whose dull perceptions would certainly have been enlivened by mum) may possibly determine probable future difficulties and ban an unsuitable marriage.

By the way, Xerxes’ analysis with the 400 virgin girls could have answered a query some girls ask currently: What are the probabilities of having pregnant right after the very first sex knowledge (unprotected)? Sex with 400 girls could have created a important quantity of single mothers.

Doubtless Esther did not scream when the king copulated with her due to the fact she was probably to have her head reduce off if she did, and in any case she was prepared to marry him in harmony with Jewish law. In truth it was likely in the providence of God that she became Queen of Persia due to the fact, as readers of the book of Esther will know, years later a day was fixed on which all Jews everywhere in the kingdom have been to be massacred. Hitler wasn’t the very first to program a holocaust for the Jews.

In this crisis Esther sought a unique appointment with the king with no saying why. He loved her so a lot that he told her he was ready to do something for her, even up to supplying her half his kingdom. (7:two) That was genuine girl energy!

When she created her plea for the Jews he readily cancelled the massacre and hanged the culprit who planned it.

Doubtless a lot of readers will not think a word of this story. But they require to clarify why Jews nonetheless celebrate the Purim vacation 1 day each and every year in commemoration of the signal triumph engineered by Esther. The Wikipedia report “Amestris” acknowledges the possibility that Amestris, the wife of Xerxes and mother of his successor Artaxerxes, could have been identical to the biblical Esther.

Other Jewish girls also demonstrated girl energy. Deborah was 1 of the rulers of Israel prior to there have been any kings. She also acted as a judge and prophetess in Israel. At 1 stage she commissioned a man known as Barak to assemble an army to repulse a military threat to Israel. Barak was not game to do it unless she came with him. So she did, and they won a signal victory.

Ruth had a biblical book named right after her. Miriam and Huldah have been prophetesses. Due to the fact the non-Jewish prostitute, Rahab, believed that God was with Israel she played a decisive part in Israel’s capture of Jericho. Abigail averted by tact and ability a extremely nasty scenario involving David and an arrogant fellow known as Nabal. She later became King David’s wife and queen. There have been, of course, several other queens like the notorious Jezebel. A lady known as Jael thoughtfully hammered a nail by way of the temple of Sisera, an enemy of Israel, although he slept — and he died.


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