Domestic Violence In The Bible

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While there is a vast amount of research that has been done on domestic violence, there is only a limited amount of that research that deals with the Christian church and pastors. Through the next few paragraphs, I will explore articles that deal with what the Bible says about domestic violence, including examples of domestic violence in scripture, and how abusers use scripture to justify their abuse. Also, I will explore articles and studies that have been conducted to study the response of clergy to domestic violence. There are numerous scriptures throughout the Bible that contain stories of violence against women. For example the story of Dinah in Genesis 34 where Dinah was raped by a man who “loved” her, and the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13 whose brother “loved” her so much that he raped and defiled her, the Levite’s concubine in Judges 19…show more content…
For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands” (Ephesians 5:22-24, NRSV). Either by its silence or its instruction, the church has too often communicated to battered women that they should stay in abusive relationships, try to be better wives, and “forgive and forget.” To batterers, it has communicated that their efforts to control their wives or girlfriends are justified because women are to be subject to men in all things. They have been permitted to “discipline” their wives and their children all for the “good of the family.” Christian history is filled with examples of church leaders justifying abuse of women by men. Church Fathers like Martin Luther unapologetically described their own physical violence towards their wives. ( Smith,

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