When we return to the scene in the sitting room, the Commander has just read Genesis 30:18. The scene ends with Second Chronicles 16:9. Why is this verse chosen as the ritual ending of all Bible readings?
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One of several passages in the Bible establishing that under patriarchal Hebrew law it was perfectly legitimate for a man to have sex with and father children on his servants or slaves, particularly if his wife was infertile. It is not known how widespread the custom was of having the infertile wife embrace the fertile maidservant as she gave birth to symbolise that the baby was legally hers.