Some people take the Bible literally: they believe Adam and Eve existed, Noah made the ark, and Jesus rose from the dead. But even biblical literalists typically ignore rules in the Old Testament (especially in Leviticus) about, say, menstruating women (don't sit in the same chair they sat in), not mixing fabrics, chopping off hands, making women accused of adultery drink dirty holy water, and so on. Let's face it: some things in the Bible sound pretty extreme at worst, and impractical at best, to modern people.Many Christians argue that these rules no longer apply following the New Testament and the New Covenant (Jews have different feelings about that). Regardless of your belief system, it's fascinating to look back on holy laws and rules from thousands of years ago, whether it's to enrich your own faith or better understand the early stages of a major world religion. Enjoy this look at some of the weirdest rules in the Bible.
"Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee." Leviticus 19:19Wait ... what?: There is some disagreement on this one. It could be because “wool and linen were appointed for the priests alone.” Another thought is that mixing wool and linen "brings on malignant fevers and exhausts the strength."
"If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him. If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft." Exodus 22:2-3Wait ... what?: The idea here is that killing a burglar at night is most likely an act of self-defense, but killing them during the day is a missed opportunity to identify and catch the thief. There was also the belief that nighttime break-ins implied a "murderous intent" and thus to "shed the blood of the burglar" was justified.
"The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk." Exodus 23:19Wait ... what?: This rule - mentioned three times in the Bible - could have been intended to prevent the superstitious practice of using the boiled milk as a "charm" for making fields and orchards "more productive." Another theory is that this was simply a reminder to be "civilized" and not make the mother "an accomplice in the death of her child."
"And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord hath kindled." Leviticus 10:6Wait ... what?: This particular rule was intended for Aaron and his sons, and basically meant, "Don't show grief, just accept the Lord's punishment" (tearing your clothes was a sign of grieving and mourning). The Bible doesn't say you can't wear torn jeans.