Biblical Atrocities: Lot’s Sheltering of the Angels

Here is an interesting segment from Genesis:


The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”

— Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (Kindle Locations 1918-1938). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“Know them” in the bible means having sex. This is one of the passages where the term “sodomy” comes from. Of course, the raping of men, and particularly the systematic and institutional rape of young boys permeated humanity’s history, reaching from biblical times (see Genesis above), to ancient Egypt, where rich men kept harems of boys for their physical pleasure, into the Middle East of Marco Polo’s age (1200 AD) – and undoubtedly into modern times.

So Lot seems to have been a good guy by sheltering the angels from the men of Sodom who wanted to gang rape them. So far, so good.

But then Genesis continues:

Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”

–Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (Kindle Locations 1939-1943). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

So let’s get this straight: When the men of Sodom were about to break down Lot’s door, he held them off by telling them that he had two virgin daughters, and they were welcome to gang rape them instead. The daughters were worth less than the two guests under his roof.

The story meanders on, and eventually God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah by killing everyone.


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