Friday, April 21, 2017

Biblical Divorce and Remarriage, according to the Law

What do the commands say about divorce and remarriage? Deuteronomy 24 tells us divorce and remarriage are allowed in certain circumstances, despite what later teachers have asserted. We discuss "nakedness [of] word" and its usage elsewhere in Deuteronomy 23, the details of Deuteronomy 24:1-4, and the issue of a woman leaving her husband.

[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Please note that דבר ערות (orut dabar) "nakedness of a word" can be properly translated as "naked matter" or "naked thing" or "naked plague". So this expression undoubtedly refers to sexual perversion or sexual sins. So Deuteronomy 24:1 should be understood as giving the only legitimate reason for divorce: "naked matter" or "matter of nakedness" aka "sexual sin".

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