The Biblical Definition of Marriage?



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My first thought was Zephaniah 3:4 "... her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.”

My next thought was 2 Peter 2:4-9 “For if God didn't spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down . . . and if He reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes and condemned them to ruin, making them an example to those who were going to be ungodly . . . then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority.”

Skipper more than 2 years ago

Women as property

The Old Testament culture regarded a wife as the property of the husband. As marriages were arrangements between families, perhaps neither had any say in the matter. There is a reason why a neighbor's wife is lumped into the rest of the family livestock in the commandment regarding coveting. Marriage was not a religious event and there were no ceremonies regarding it. There might be a feast celebrating it when consummated and the bride price paid. "Becoming one flesh" apparently has several meanings in Hebrew, but the more likely one in this case refers to having sex.

David H. Fox more than 2 years ago


"While I don’t think Jesus’ intent in this exchange was to define marriage, even if I did, the practice of one man, one woman is simply one more definition of marriage in the Bible, not the only definition"

So Jesus was simply describing one of many forms of marriage not the only one. That was as far as I read. My guess is that it goes downhill from there.

Kevin more than 2 years ago