Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Who are Hebrews forbidden to marry?

Torah prohibits Hebrews to marry Ammonites, Moabites and people from 7 condemned nations (i.e Canaanites, Hittites etc). See Deut 23:3–6, Deuteronomy 7:1–6

As far as non-Hebrews go, Torah prohibits marrying a foreigner (mamzer) - those who do not live according to the Torah and who are from another nation, but allows to marry sojourners (ger) - those from other nations, who live according to the Torah in the midst of the Hebrews. See Deuteronomy 23:2, Exodus 12:49, Deuteronomy 10:19.

Hebrews could marry Mitzrim (Egyptians) and Edomites. See Deuteronomy 23:7–8

Priests (Aaronites) could marry only virgins from Hebrews. They were not allowed to marry widows, non-virgins or defiled (raped or otherwise polluted). Leviticus 21:13–15

Close intermarriage was also prohibited. See Leviticus 18, 18:6

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