Dating cousins in the bible

Although the first relation mentioned after the Levitical prohibition of sex with "near kin" names that of "thy father", although some biblical scholars have instead proposed that it was originally in the list, but was then accidentally left out from the copy on which modern versions of the text ultimately depend, due to a mistake by the scribe.implicitly forbids sexual activity between a man and his daughter.

Incest in the Bible refers to sexual relations between certain close kinship relationships which are prohibited by the Hebrew Bible.

These prohibitions are found predominantly in Leviticus 18:8-18 and -21, but also in Deuteronomy.

These lists only mention relationships with female relatives; excluding lesbianism, this implies that the list is addressed to men.

These lists of forbidden unions compare as follows (the relations highlighted in red are those that are forbidden): One of the most notable features of all the lists is that sexual activity between a man and his own daughter is not explicitly forbidden.

From this, the media have concluded that marrying your first cousin is "OK." Is it?

As Frame Game has argued before, topics such as sex with animals, dog-eating, and sex with cousins are never as simple as they're made out to be.

Often, you have to change your opinions on related issues in order to honor that principle, or you have to throw out the principle and change your mind about the original question. You can't appeal to the Bible; in the Bible, God commands marriages between first cousins.

Instead, advocates of laws against cousin marriage appeal to science.

However, the rationale might suggest otherwise (the original text is unclear here), since it mentions only that "they" (i.e., the woman and the daughter) are related.

(though prohibiting the mother-in-law in place of the daughter-in-law).

Early rabbinic commentators instead argue that the Deuteronomic list is so short because the other possible liaisons were obviously prohibited, and these three were the only liaisons difficult to detect, on account of the fact that, in their day, a man's stepmother, half-sister, and mother-in-law usually lived in the same house as the man (prior to any liaison).

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