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132 Hebrew and Talmudical

by John Lightfoot
132 Hebrew and Talmudical [ Ch. xv. 20. woman, or more, for propagations sake: and this it is that God brands with the reproachful name of fornication;  they commit fornication, but do not multiply. Whatever else is understood by this word, I would certainly understand this; namely, that the apostles prescribed against polygamy, a thing esteemed indifferent amongst the Jews ( as fornication was amongst the Gentiles), and therefore not unfitly mentioned here amongst things indifferent. Tell me in what place in the New Testament bigamy or polygamy is forbidden, if not in this. Perhaps you will say, in that of our Saviour, Matt. xix. 4, 5; where indeed pro-vision is made against putting away of a mans wife, but hardly against polygamy, especially comparing the apostles words, I Cor. vi. 16. Provision is made that bishops and deacons shall not have two wives, I Tim. iii. 2 : and I should not believe but that the same provision is made against the bigamy of the laity. But where is that done if not in this place ? IV. There was another fornication ordinarily so reckoned also in the opinion of the Jews themselves ( for they did not account the having many wives to be fornication); and that was, besides what they call simple fornication, their marrying within the prohibited degrees, that which they commonly called לריות nakedness. These marriages they were so averse to, that to some of them they allotted  death, to all of them לכרת or cutting off: concerning which Maimonides speaks largely m .  In the mean time they allowed the Gentile that became a proselyte to the Jewish religion to marry with his kindred, though never so near in blood, with his sister if he pleased, or with his mothern,  & c. Hence per-haps arose that incestuous marriage mentioned I Cor. v. I. They did well, therefore, to provide by this apostolical decree against such kind of marriages as these, being so odious to the Jews. Kai του πηκτού καϊ του αϊματος A n d o from  things strangled, and from blood.] These I suppose were forbidden the Gentile converts for the sake of the Jews, and by way of condescen-m Maimón. Issur. biah, cap. I. et per tot. tract.  n Idem,  ibid. cap. 14. o English folio edition, vol. ii. p. 697.   Chapter Home t t t

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132 Hebrew and Talmudical [ Ch. xv. 20. woman, or more, for propagation's sake: and this it is that God brands with the reproachful name of fornication; \\" they commit fornication, but do not multiply.\\" Whatever else is understood by this word, I would certainly understand this; namely, that the apostles prescribed against polygamy, a thing esteemed indifferent amongst the Jews ( as fornication was amongst the Gentiles), and therefore not unfitly mentioned here amongst things indifferent. Tell me in what place in the New Testament bigamy or polygamy is forbidden, if not in this. Perhaps you will say, in that of our Saviour, Matt. xix. 4, 5; where indeed pro-vision is made against putting away of a man's wife, but hardly against polygamy, especially comparing the apostle's words, I Cor. vi. 16. Provision is made that bishops and deacons shall not have two wives, I Tim. iii. 2 : and I should not believe but that the same provision is made against the bigamy of the laity. But where is that done if not in this place ? IV. There was another fornication ordinarily so reckoned also in the opinion of the Jews themselves ( for they did not account the having many wives to be fornication); and that was, besides what they call simple fornication, their marrying within the prohibited degrees, that which they commonly called לריות nakedness. These marriages they were so averse to, that to some of them they allotted ' death,' to all of them לכרת or cutting off: concerning which Maimonides speaks largely m . In the mean time they allowed the Gentile that became a proselyte to the Jewish religion to marry with his kindred, though never so near in blood, with his sister if he pleased, or with his mothern, & c. Hence per-haps arose that incestuous marriage mentioned I Cor. v. I. They did well, therefore, to provide by this apostolical decree against such kind of marriages as these, being so odious to the Jews. Kai του πηκτού καϊ του αϊματος' A n d o from things strangled, and from blood.] These I suppose were forbidden the Gentile converts for the sake of the Jews, and by way of condescen-m Maimón. Issur. biah, cap. I. et per tot. tract. n Idem, ibid. cap. 14. o English folio edition, vol. ii. p. 697. << Chapter >> Home t t t
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