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comment Genesis 19. 8 Why should he protect strangers above protect his daughters?
@Thanatos: It's also worth noting that in those days, hospitality was considered literally the ultimate virtue by many civilizations. You could compare this to the fairly large amount of, e.g., Greek mythology wherein the protagonist goes to extreme lengths to protect his guests, or the antagonist is punished incredibly heavily for breaking the rules of hospitality. It's entirely possible that Lot and his daughters would have seen it as their responsibility to allow themselves to be harmed if it could protect their guests.