How many suicides are told of in the Bible?
#93409. Asked by star_gazer. (Mar 11 08 1:46 PM)
Apparently there are seven:|
I. ABIMELECH—JUDGES 9:54
II. SAMSON—JUDGES 16:28-31
III. SAUL -- 1 SAMUEL 31:1-6
IV. SAUL’S ARMOURBEARER -- 1 SAMUEL 31:1-6
V. AHITHOPHEL -- 2 SAMUEL 17:23
VI. ZIMRI -- 1 KINGS 16:18
VII. JUDAS—MATTHEW 27:5
One could consider Genesis 19:26 a suicide. |
The intentional and deliberate committing of an act that one knows is fatally perilous.
Genesis 19:17 ...After they brought them out of the city, one of the men said, "Run for your lives! Don't look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Run to the mountains, or you will be destroyed."
Genesis 19:26 At that point Lot's wife looked back. When she did, she became a pillar of salt.
Biblically Christ could not have committed suicide. His sole purpose in creation was to die even though he could have saved himself.
As far as volition is concerned, this is a clear cut case of suicide.
Lot's wife did not know precisely what would happen if she'd turned around. She did not wish to die. Thus what happened to her was not suicide.|
There are also several accounts of Saul's death, one in which he commits suicide himself, another in which his suicide is assisted by a servant, and another still claiming him as a casualty of war (in Chronicles).
In all but two of these biblical accounts, the person commiting suicide clearly did not have a long time left to live and chose to die at his own hand rather than be killed by an enemy.
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