Gang-rape and a Dismembered Body.
I was reading Judges 19 the other night. To better understand this, I would just suggest you read the passage itself, however, I’ll attempt at giving you a short overview.
It’s about a Levite and his concubine. She was unfaithful to him and she ran off and didn’t come back. Four months later, the Levite goes to his father-in-law’s home (the father of the concubine) to fetch her and bring her back. With him he brings his servant and his two donkeys. After staying several nights with his father-in-law, the Levite, his servant, the concubine, and the two donkeys head back to their home. They stopped in a town square to camp out, because nobody would take them in for the night. But then a local comes up to the group and urges them not to sleep in the town square, and invites them to stay at his home. They accept.
Once they arrived at the home and started to eat dinner, they hear a rather angry knock upon the door. It’s the wicked villagers of the surrounding town. They ask the local man to send out the Levite so they may have sex with him. The local responds by offering up his virgin daughter instead. The men decline the offer. Then, the Levite offers up his concubine, they accept her. She’s thrown into the mob of angry villagers, from sun down to sun up she is raped and beaten. (Yeah, that’s nearly 12 hours of torture for the concubine.)
The next morning, the Levite looks out to see his concubine on the doorstep, reaching for the threshold of the door. He tries to stir her but she does not respond, she lays there inert. So he takes his concubine, puts her on a donkey, and carries her lifeless body back to his home. When finally he arrives, the man cuts up the concubine, limb by limb, into 12 pieces. He sends these dismembered body parts to all the parts of Isreal.
If you continue on and read the last chapters in Judges, you will come to see the conclusion of the story. But the reason I have brought up this point is to show you what has happened in my life recently.