Deuteronomy 22:28-29 “If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days."
Exodus 22:16-17 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with her, he shall give the bride price for her and make her his wife. If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to the bride price for virgins."
Is it the full bride price or fifty shekels of silver?
What about if the bride price is 100 shekels?
Is the bride price decided by market mechanism, or by statues? I mean, prettier daughter, would command higher price right?
If the bride price is not statutory, how can the parents convince the judges that the man has to pay up more? By estimate just like any tort?
What about inflation? Do silver shekels inflate? Or should it be 100 shekels for all eternity. What happens latter when silvers are cheaper and virgins are scarce?
We have 3 possible sense of an answer here
- What's the text truly mean? 50 shekels of silver or bride price. Which one is right
- How it was actually implemented in ancient israel because it must be close to 1
- How it should be implemented now if jews still follow torah
I mean all 3 senses of answers are fine.