(I'm not getting into a discussion of details, just giving you further direction. You'd do better comparing Jewish law NOT to modern-day law in the modern-day world but by seeing what needs these regulations served in the world and time period in question.)
This incident has been discussed numerous times in Christian literature, you should look it up to get some clarification of context, actual age of the probable participants, etc.Two bears tare 42 children to shreds as a form of Gods justice:
Again, judge it in context. It sounds pretty horrible today, doesn't it? can you imagine possibilities of other solutions, and what their weaknesses might have been?Of the cities God delivers in war, kill all the men, and take the women unto thyself:
Yup. In some ways that really sucks.If a woman is raped in the city, both she and the man will be stoned to death because she didnt yell loud enough. If she is raped in the countryside, then only the man is stoned to death:
It's interesting to look at our legal debates nowadays, where often the man doesn't get punished at all because he can claim consensual sex. The Jews might have seen THAT as evil... especially in a context where adultery was breaking one of the Ten Commandments and a damning act and not modern society where adultery is often shrugged aside from context.
Note the disparity occurs on both sides: In the city, the woman is shafted; in the countryside, the man is shafted. I'm wondering about "city" context -- was there ever a situation where women were not around other women or family? And so being alone with a strange man was already rare? (I.e., if she was alone with him, chances are she had gone willingly... and against social tradition?)
You need to look at the possible contexts and social stipulations at the time, to better frame this, before you judge it.
probably not. People justify whatever they want. We all are tempted to think in convenient ways.I remain with my earlier assertation that if Christians read the OT more frequently (or even at all)...things might be different.