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Divorce
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There are few sayings attributed to Jesus that are better attested than disapproval of divorce. It appears in all three Synoptic Gospels in slightly different forms, and in a letter of Paul, the earliest witness. The basic principle is stated, but in two cases, some kind of exception is included (porneia, Matt 5:32; 19:9; disparity of belief, 1 Cor 7:10–16). Three principl…

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Osiek, Carolyn, “Divorce”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000957>
First published online: 2018



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