Another reason is cultural

Dating your cousin by marriage

Jacob was the

Specifically, until the s or so, first cousins commonly married in Europe and the U. Protestants come to the same conclusion. The fuller prohibition has come partly from a desire to keep as far as possible away from something that is spoken of with such serious warning in scripture. Isaac instructed Jacob to marry a daughter of Rebekkah's brother. If the first wife was opposed to the marriage, or was related to the widow within the defined prohibitions, then she became the responsibility of the next nearest kin.

For much of the world's population, the Bible is the final authority on right and wrong. Christianity is a very large tent. Now you may wonder why Leviticus forbids a man to marry his aunt, but not a woman to marry her uncle. Fathers who are also brothers may overtly or covertly share sexual relations with the wife of one or the other.

In no instance did a widow become the marital responsibility of her late husband's son, or his brother's son. In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States. In the past males could not be charged for crimes against women in their families so social taboos were introduced. It will be fun to tease Joseph and Mary a bit when I get up there. Second cousins usually share a common set of great-grandparents and one-fourth of the genetic pool.

They insist this list is just a general rule of thumb, not an all-inclusive command. Let's look first at how the Bible defines sexual impurity.

First let me

First let me explain that society changes. Jacob was the son whom was blessed to fulfill God's prophecy that the descendant's of Abraham Jacob's grandfather, Isaac's father would become a great nation. This word seems to be manufactured in law because in the past governments wanted to control inappropriate behavior. However, the nearest kin was also required to have the approval of his first wife before taking on a second.