“If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her. The first son she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.
However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.” Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,” his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.” That man’s line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled.” (Deut 25:5-11)
Not much to say here but quite the interesting piece of text.
Was debating the gay marriage issue and came across this tidbit on ‘remarriage of a widow’. I figured, what about this piece – do Chrisrians harp on this groovy idea? It is in the NT as well:
“On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him, asking, “Teacher, Moses said, IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.'” Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. “Last of all, the woman died. “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.”” (Matt 22:23-28)
Gall of these people asking someone who wasn’t even married. Regardless, Jesus does not shun the teaching, only the idea of being married in the resurrection. It seems like an idea that may have held some weight even in Jesus’ day.
So why is it Christians debate the gay issue so vehemently yet disregard the idea of marrying their sister-in-law if their brother does not have a kid with him?