Odd tales (#1)

🍿 “Lot’s daughters”

This is a story from several millennia ago. (I’ll just let you know, it’s been interpreted in various ways; I ain’t passing judgement so please, ladies and gentlemen, don’t shoot this humble transcriber.) In essence, it goes like this:

Act 1
While a man called Lot and his family were living in a town called Sodom (probably located in modern day Palestine 🇵🇸), two angels turn up and it just so happens that it’s Lot who provides them with some hospitality. However, the men of the town aren’t pleased with the visitors arrival (we ain’t really told why). They form a mob and crowd around Lot’s house and demand that he give them the two guests so they could rape them. In response, Lot offers the mob his two daughters instead, noting that they are virgins. The mob refuses Lot’s offer, and the angels strike them with blindness, and then warn Lot to leave the city before they go on and totally destroy it.

Act 2
Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt, but Lot and his daughters escape to Zoar, and end up living in a cave in the mountains. High up in the foothills Lot’s daughters got their father drunk, and over two consecutive nights had sex with him without his knowledge. They both got pregnant. The older daughter gave birth to Moab, while the younger daughter gave birth to Ammon.

difficult to make moral…

According to Esther Fuchs the Biblical text presents Lot’s daughters as the “initiators and perpetrators of the incestuous ‘rape’.” Adding context, other scholars have reasoned that Lot’s daughters may have feared that they were the last humans on earth and wanted to preserve the human race by, ummm, making babies with their father.


A frightful yarn.
Lot & co.
Lots to think about
Moral message??
Lots of mixed messages here
Hmmm 🤔
Lots of explaining to do.

Author: Anna Bidoonism

Poems, prose & literary analysis—this is who I am.

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