This is my busy season at work. Postings will be irregular for the next month or so.
Turns out John the Baptist is an alias for the prophet Elais.
Scattered amongst more miracles, Jesus tells his friends that he's got enemies and that he's going to get caught and killed. But fear not, he'll rise from the dead in three days. Why three days? If Jesus died on Friday afternoon and rose early sunday morning (at least he was found then, he could have risen Saturday night and hung around until early Sunday), that's barely 36 hours. But I'm getting ahead of the story, hope I didn't ruin the ending for you.
The answer of course is that the numbers 3, 7 and 40, among others, were important in the 'bible days' so that's what they used.
Jesus infamously advocates for self mutilation;
18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
18:15-18 would seem to be the reasoning the Catholic Church uses for not reporting the sex abuse cases.
I'm only half kidding.
19:6 is the classic line used in every religious wedding I've ever been to;
Jesus also condemns divorce and has strong words for those who participate. Seems Moses was wrong.
Also seems Newt Gingrich and many other christian right don't feel this teaching of Jesus is very important as divorce in the christian community is only slightly less then the general population. 38-42% vs 50%.