Numbers – Chapter 36: Inheritance of Zelophehad’s Daughters

I love it when a Bible chapter title refers to a female because you know, just know, that it is going to be filled with misogyny!  Why is it, again, women, and men who care about women, follow the Christian bible?  Let’s dig in and see what we find.

“They said, ‘When the Lord commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.’” – Numbers 36:2-3

OMG!!!  How could those women possibly marry someone of their own choosing?!?!?!  The travesty!!!

“This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan.” – Numbers 36:6

Wow!  That’s one big contradiction.  They can marry anyone they please, but only from the tiny fraction of men within their father’s tribal clan.  How generous of God.

“Zelophehad’s daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milkah and Noah—married their cousins on their father’s side.” – Numbers 36:11

So instead of figuring out how to deal with inheritances in a rational manner, God requires women to marry their cousins.  Biblical morality at its finest!

That’s it for Numbers 36.  A short chapter designed to make sure women know their place in society.  Their place is to keep quiet and let the men make the decisions.  Oh, and marry their cousins.  I think more pastors should discuss cousin marriage in their sermons!

That concludes the book of Numbers!  It started off with some numbers and ended with forcing women to marry their cousins.  Yep, makes perfect sense.  LOL!

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 1:  The Command to Leave Horeb 

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