Leviticus 12:5

Both the New Testament and Old Testament are filled with their fair share of crazy, but for this Tuesday’s Crazy Bible Verse, I head back into the Old Testament into the book of Leviticus.

“If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.” – Leviticus 12:5

This particular chapter discusses how to purify oneself after childbirth.  To purify after the birth of a daughter, the woman must wait two weeks to become clean and then 66 days to be purified.  Why is this crazy?  Because right before this it is discussed that a woman who gives birth to a SON only has to wait 7 days to be clean and 33 days to be purified.

The simple act of bearing a daughter instead of a son doubles the time to be clean and purified.  Don’t you just love the misogyny in the Bible?  Whoever thought that a baby born without a penis could require a mother to wait double the time to become clean and pure again?  Sigh.

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4 thoughts on “Leviticus 12:5

  1. I swear I’m not trolling. The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was, “brings new meaning to the phrase ‘dirty, dirty girl’.” In all seriousness though, this is an excellent example of why people who say the Bible isn’t sexist are cherry picking. Nothing says “both genders are equal,” like saying, “if you have one, it’s less dirty than having the other.” I wonder if this dirtiness related to childbirth had any effect on the development of the culture we wound up having, which is absolutely terrified of female sexuality, while treating male sexuality as normal. It does pretty much boil down to “girls are dirty, boys aren’t.”

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