McClelan's distorted viewpoint ("Flawed assumptions litter argument against same-sex marriage," letter, Sept.13), asserting the Old Testament "requires a woman to marry her rapist," comes from the verse being read out of context.
Sam Shamoun ("OT and Rape,") says misinterpretation results from incorrect translation from Scriptural Greek or Hebrew. He clarifies that "taphas" means "taking her" and "…shakab [refers] to voluntary…acts between consenting parties." He explains, "In [OT] places where rape is mentioned, none use the word taphas …" Deuteronomy 22:28-29 simply exhorts a man removing a girl's purity to marry her. (See Bahnsen's "Pre-Marital…Relations: What is the Moral Obligation..?") Permissive societies may not agree, yet the Bible never sanctions rapists marrying victims.