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Divorce

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Author(s): Osiek, Carolyn
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 principles should be kept in mind. First, this prohibition should not be seen alone, but as part of a continuum of attitudes toward marriage in the early church, from remarriage in sp…
Date: 2021-12-14