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Die huwelik in die eerste-eeuse Mediterreense wêreld (III): Jesus en die huwelik

Ernest van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 2 | a217 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i2.217 | © 2007 Ernest van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 May 2007 | Published: 06 May 2007

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Ernest van Eck, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Marriage in the first-century Mediterranean world (III): Jesus and marriage

This article is the third in a three-part series that aims to stimulate the hermeneutical debate in the church regarding marriage as Biblical institution. In the first article attention was given to the relevant cultural scripts that are necessary to understand the institution of marriage in the time of Jesus. In the second article a description of what marriage, betrothal, adultery, divorce and remarriage in the first-century Mediterranean world entailed was given. In this article Jesus’ point of view on marriage is investigated. The conclusion reached is that Jesus’ stance towards marriage was negative. This, however, does not mean that Jesus had nothing to say as far as marriage as institution in a postmodern society is concerned.


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