- The scribes, however, neither forgot nor forgave Yeshua that he had forced
them to humble themselves. Afterwards, they didn’t understand themselves how
it had come about. Compared to that adulteress they – some of them at
least – could have considered themselves righteous and thrown the first
stone. Too late now. They’d have to set another trap for him.
Rabbi, how is it with the divorce law?
Aren’t you scribes? Don’t you know?
Of course, of course. But there’s a problem. Moshe allowed divorce, but the
All Mighty created humanity as man and women, who become one flesh when they
marry. How can flesh be separated from flesh?
If Moshe nevertheless allowed divorce, he had a reason. You know it, or don’
We know it: The man can give the woman a divorce-letter if she has leprosy
or is unfaithful to him or has mismanaged his belongings or if she is
sterile for ten years.
And the woman: can she also give a divorce letter?
She can demand one.
According to the law. What happens to the divorced woman though? She goes
back to her family, no man wants her anymore, she ages joylessly. But the
man takes a young wife, for that’s what he really wanted: to get rid of his
wife because he is sick of her.
Rabbi, they say you are unmarried, you don’t know what a burden a shrewish
wife can be, especially when she ages. All the wounds on earth are not as
bad as that which a shrewish wife inflicts on a man, and no serpent has more
spiteful venom than a female tongue. Better to live with a lion than with an
angry old woman.
Yeshua said: You have learned Yeshua Ben Sira´s sayings well. He was also a
man, and the holy scripts all originate from men. What would happen if there
was a script written by a clever woman? What would she have to say on this
subject? Perhaps this: No ox can kick harder than an angry man, and no dog
pounces more greedily on a bitch than a lustful man on his wife.
But they like us the way we are: so manly.
You just said that they are nagging and spiteful. A question for you: were
they nagging and spiteful when you married them? If yes, why didn’t you
choose better? If no, then marriage has made them sulky and bitter and
nagging. Is it their fault, or also yours?
One of them said: One time so strict, Rabbi, another time so lenient; how
can they go together?
One of them is the law, the other the lenience of the judge.
Behind his back they said: How he plays the judge and at the same time says
that one shouldn’t judge. A scatterbrain who is also dangerously clever.
One of them, however, asked Yeshua: If you think so highly of marriage,
Rabbi, why are you unmarried?
He said: Some there are who are incapable of consummating marriage due to a
birth defect. Others because of castration. Still others, however, live
unmarried for the sake of the spirit. He who can grasp it, let him grasp it.
They didn’t grasp it.
They knew about the Essenes’ unmarried life, but they lived in communities
in the desert, and only men lived together. But every Essene follower who
lived in the tent camps was married and had children. Rabbi Yeshua’s
followers were neither one nor the other. What to think about them? Would it
would go well in the long run? They would have to be watched.
Frank Thomas Smith