Betty Bowers explains Marriage in the Bible

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 I love this lady, I really do.  She makes even the most arbitrary collection of gobbledygook and delusional ravings of sun-cooked lunatics seem like the mere simplistic hypocrisy that it is.

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Solomon only took that many wives and concubines after his first wife, Jezebel, led him away from the True Religion of YHWH and persuaded him to worship Ishtar "The Queen of Heaven".   His 700 wives and 300 hookers are listed in the Bible as what not to do.

Similarly, King David is revealed to have been a flawed individual and not sticking to God's way, so using his life as the basis of "a Biblical marriage" in the sense of "commanded by God" is false.

Lot became a widower once his wife was executed by being transformed into a pillar of salt, so that wasn't really an example of a Biblical marriage!

At no point does the Bible text mention Cain having sexual relations with Eve; it says tht afetr Cain was banished to "the land of Nod, east of Eden", he "lay with his wife" (whose origins remain unexplained; there are several textual hints that there are many people living in the world who are not the progeny of Adam and Eve).

Sarai was not Abraham's sister.   This wa sa lie that Sarai and Abraham told to the Egyptians because Abraham was a fraid that if they knew that they were married, then he would be murdered so that the murderer could claim Sarah as his own wife (because she was exceeedingly beautiful).   So they concocted a story otherwise; the Pharoah (believing Sarai unwed) then took her to his palace and (as far as may be determined, the text is not explicit) raped her.   Following this, YHWH punished the Pharoah's household with diseases.

Sarai's offering of her servant-girl to her husband was an act against God's will (which is why the son conceived of that union was rejected by God, and eventually by Abraham); Sarai had come to believe that she was infertile, and wanted her husband to have a son to carry on the family line, and did not trust in YHWH's promise that she would be the mother of Abraham's nation.

Again, Chronicles doesn't exactly tell us that what Shesan was okay, it just says he did it.   However, it doesn't appear to be against the Law as set out in Deuteronomy.

And yeah, the bit about marrying one's rapist: the problem for the raped woman is that now she can't marry anyone else (because she is no longer a virgin on her wedding night, therefore she'd have to be stoend to death), and in Bronze Age/Iron Age culture, most women were not able to work for a living, so she'd basically have no means of supporting herself - as absurd as it may seem, this ruling probably was the best of a bad job all round from her point of view.

But, there is one element that isn't covered: marriage can be between one woman and her mother-in-law.   Ruth's vow to Naomi is very similar indeed to the modern "tradtional" marriage vow...

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