Let’s begin today with a question: How do we justify abolition of slavery when the Bible contains it and in some ways justifies it?
. We’ve looked at Walt Kaiser’s principlizing method, Daniel Doriani’s redemptive-historical, Kevin Vanhoozer’s theo-dramatic approach, and today we look at William Webb’s redemptive movement approach. Here’s a great entrance for us:
Webb proposes understanding the underlying “spirit” of the text — and I am convinced in some ways the “spirit” of a text can be connected to Kaiser’s principlizing (not as woodenly, of course) but done so more along the line of Vanhoozer’s theo-dramatic need to carry forward the spirit of the Bible and its intent, etc, into our world.
21:10 When you go out to do battle with your enemies and the Lord your God allows you to prevail and you take prisoners, 21:11 if you should see among them an attractive woman whom you wish to take as a wife, 21:12 you may bring her back to your house. She must shave her head, trim her nails, 21:13 discard the clothing she was wearing when captured, and stay in your house, lamenting for her father and mother for a full month. After that you may have sexual relations with her and become her husband and she your wife. 21:14 If you are not pleased with her, then you must let her go where she pleases. You cannot in any case sell her; you must not take advantage of her, since you have already humiliated her.