GIBEAH
The story of the Levite and his concubine in
Judges 19 is sometimes used to condemn all
homosexual sex.  But a careful examination
shows that it is
condemning only men who force
other men to have sex with them, i.e.
same-sex
rape.

The men of the city of Gibeah intended to rape a
male guest being sheltered by an old man. The
New International Version of the Bible gives the
highlight of the story as:

    While they [the old man, the Levite, his
    concubine and his servant] were enjoying
    themselves [with food and drink], some of
    the wicked men of the city surrounded the
    house.  Pounding on the door, they shouted
    to the old man who owned the house, "Bring
    out the man who came to your house so we
    can have sex with him."

    The owner of the house went outside and
    said to them, "No, my friends, don't be so
    vile. Since this man is my guest, don't do
    this outrageous thing.  Look, here is my
    virgin daughter, and his concubine.  I will
    bring them out to you now, and you can use
    them and do to them whatever you wish.  
    But as for this man, don't do such an
    outrageous thing."

    But the men would not listen to him.  So the
    man took his concubine and sent her
    outside to them, and they raped her and
    abused her throughout the night, and at
    dawn they let her go. (Judges 19:22 – 25)

As well as condemning
same-sex rape, this
story also condemns
heterosexual rape and
the
violation of the protection given to
travelling strangers while in a house.
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Author: Colin Smith