I have a healthy interest in the Bible. Most of it I get. Some of it makes absolutely no sense. I just came across Judges 19, an excellent example. It makes slightly less sense than none.
So a guy is travelling with his servant, his concubine and two donkeys. An old man offers them lodgings. That night, a bunch of men show up and demand that the old man let them rape the guy. The old man offers his daughter and the traveller’s concubine instead (strangely the exact same thing happened in the last days of Sodom and Gomorra, but I digress). They decline, but he puts the concubine out there anyway. She is gang-raped all night. When they let her go, she collapses on the doorstep.
When the traveller wakes up, he tells her to get up, but she doesn’t reply, presumably due to her condition. He puts her on a donkey and heads for home. Once home, he cuts her into twelve pieces and sends one piece to each of Israel’s coasts. Now for the finishing line (translation from the King James Bible):
What is this all about? What are we supposed to consider? Are we supposed to discuss this? What’s to discuss? Why did the guy slice her up? What’s the moral of this story? Why did it make the Bible? What is it supposed to tell us? Is the traveller a good or bad man? What kind of social environment could possibly make this story make sense?
To state it clear: What the hell is going on?