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|NASB||Leviticus 18:1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,|
|Leviticus 18:1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,|
|Subject: Biblical prohibitions of cousin marriage|
Bible Note: Biblical prohibitions of cousin marriage reside only in the minds of the unlearned.
"Fact: Leviticus 18 lists all forbidden sexual relationships. Cousin relationships are not included.
"Fact: God commanded many cousins to marry, including Zelophehad's 5 daughters, Eleazar's daughters, Jacob (who married both Rachel and Leah, first cousins), and Isaac and Rebekkah (first cousins once removed). All were ancestors of Jesus Christ."
"There is more than one account of where God put cousins together. Read the following references in their entirety.
"Isaac married Rebekkah, his first cousin once removed. Genesis 24:12-51
"Jacob married two of his cousins, Rachel and Leah. I love this story! Genesis chapters 28-29
"Zelophehad's five orphaned daughters were commanded by God to marry cousins. Numbers 36
"Eleazar's daughters each married first cousins, as they were instructed. I Chronicles 23:22
"In the 18th chapter of Leviticus, the Bible provides a lengthy list of forbidden relationships. These laws are the scriptural definition of sexual impurity. Not one mention of cousins, of any degree, is made.
"Some would argue that these are all Old Testament references. That is correct. The reason for this is that the New Testament does not specifically address the rules of sexual misconduct, with the exception of fornication, other than to refer you back to the Old Testament laws.
"Biblical prohibitions of cousin marriage reside only in the minds of the unlearned."
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