Brothers: Just Like the Movie “Brothers” (Deuteronomy 24-25)

I’m really getting to like Deuteronomy. It’s a real cache of weird rules.

For example, if an ox walks all over your grain, you’re not allowed to muzzle it. This is a good rule because most folks get a little nervous when they see a muzzled animal. It’s usually pit bulls and those “miscellaneous” dogs that street kids tote around who have muzzles on them. Those dogs probably get a bad rap. Everytime I see one I remember how that woman who got that face transplant was originally attacked by a golden retriever. Who was probably wearing a bandana around its neck and named “Sandy”.

Deuteronomy 25 completely contradicts something in Leviticus. I’ve mentioned in past posts one particular passage from Leviticus that I’m overly familiar with thanks to the 1969 Hal Wallis classic Anne of the Thousand Days, a movie I watched pretty much every day when I was twelve. Henry VIII is able to divorce his first (barren) wife, Catherine of Aragon because she was formerly his brother’s wife and Leviticus calls this an “unclean thing… they shall be childless”. But in Deuteronomy 25 it says, “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside the family to a stranger; her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her” (Deu 25:5).

I was looking for a relevant clip to show from Anne and I noticed a certain penchant for Tudor enthusiasts to create montages with Anne Boleyn to – for whatever reason – the music of Evanescence, which I find hilariously inappropriate because it sounds nothing like court music. I’ve come across this phenomenon many times.

So Deuteronomy 25 means that Tobey Maguire’s character in Brothers shouldn’t have gotten so pissed at Jake Gyllenhal’s character because he was just trying to do what was right. As a brother.

This trailer proves that even shitty movies can look good when backed by the music of U2.

Another weird rule in Deuteronomy 25 is that if a woman sees that her husband is in a fight and she tries to help him by grabbing the other guy’s junk then she’s in big trouble. Her punishment is her hand gets cut off. Yikes.

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  1. Deuteronomy sounds riveting. But what if my brother dies and I covet his CD collection? Is that cool?

  2. Love reading your blog! Do you have an older blog that starts with Genesis? There isn’t any information on you or the blog in the sidebar and the only two chapters are Numbers and Deuteronomy? Looking forward to reading further posts…

    • Hi Kristen,

      Thanks for reading my blog. Sorry for the delayed reply (I was on vacation). My older stuff starts with Genesis and was on Blogspot until I moved to WordPress.


      • Awesome!!! Thank you for making the bible actually interesting! I can never get past Genesis without being so damn frustrated about how contradictory the whole thing is!

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