• Wednesday, August 04th, 2010

Eventually, all of Jacob/Israel’s sons died, but their descendants multiplied and grew strong and after a while they were all over the place. A new king came into power in Egypt and he didn’t know Joseph or that everyone was supposed to love the Israelites. The king decided there were just too many of those damned Hebrews and he was afraid they’d someday rise against him or start a war or something. He tried to oppress them, thinking this was the best way to avoid catastrophe (he wasn’t very bright), but the Israelites just kept on multiplying.

The king went to two midwives, Shiprah and Puah, and told them to kill any sons the Hebrews might have, but to let the daughters live. The midwives said okay, but couldn’t do it because they knew God wouldn’t like it. They told the king the Hebrew women were strong and gave birth before a midwife could even get to them. The Pharaoh told all his people to make the Israelites their slaves and to throw Hebrew boys in the Nile.

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    Steve K 

    “16”When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool..”

    Birthstool? Damn. Can’t someone get these women a pillow or something?

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    atheistineden Reply:

    Psssh, women don’t need to be comfortable. It’s not like they’re actual people or anything.

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    A Heathen with a Bible Reply:

    Actually, birthing stools are commonly used in many cultures, and there is some evidence that using them is more comfortable and quicker than giving birth while lying down. Like everything else to do with childbirth, there’s a lot of debate and literature, and it’s all got phrases like “vaginal tearing”, so I’ll leave it at that.

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    atheistineden Reply:

    Really? I had no idea. I’m just going to take your word for it though. I try to avoid anything having to do with vaginal tearing. *shudder*

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    Steve K 

    Gah! I’m sorry I brought this up.

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