However, there is a serious problem that arises when we
This does not mean that the Bible
Case in point:
Here it is in the English Standard Version:
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the
This passage has been used by modern progressives to show that abortion is okay with God, and
2. Even if this is a miscarriage described here (which isn’t the case, as we shall see), we have to remember that these men didn’t cause a miscarriage on purpose; it was an accident. Those who killed people
3. The passage is describing a premature birth, not a miscarriage.
“Also if men strive and hurt a woman with child, so that her child depart from her and death follow not, he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband shall appoint him, or he
And what did its footnotes on verse 22 (specifically about “death follow not” state?
“Of the mother or child”.
Remember that as we continue.
Think long…and hard.
““When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, BUT THERE IS NO HARM, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall
Some translations will use “further mishap” or “further injury”, but “further” is nowhere to be found in the Hebrew text itself. This reinforces the
And who exactly is being injured? Who is the one who is to be avenged eye for eye, tooth for tooth? Its pretty ambiguous, isn’t it? Considering that “further” isn’t in the passage, and harm is what is avenged by an
We also have to remember that passages in the Bible are not in a vacuum; the Bible is a library,
And what does the Bible say about the unborn?
This brings me to my final point.
4. The Bible teaches that the unborn are indeed human.
“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And
Notice, the unborn baby is never called or referred to as something inhuman; it’s a human baby. Indeed, in Luke 1:36, Gabriel relates that Elizabeth had conceived a son, not “conceived a humanoid that will attain
To say any different is to read modern political culture into an ancient near eastern text. That’s eisegesis
Is it any wonder why Roman era Christians forbade themselves from getting abortions (one of the stark differences between Roman Christians and their pagan contemporaries), or why the early church fathers condemned abortion?
“The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World” Course Guidebook, by Professor Robert Garland, 232.
“A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs” by David W. Bercot