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10.1 Teaching About Divorce

And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.

2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked,
 
"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
 
3 He answered them,
 
"What did Moses command you?"
 
4 They said,
 
"Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away."
 
5 And Jesus said to them,
 
"Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation,
‘God made them male and female.’ 7 
‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’
So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 
What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them,
 
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
 
Deuteronomy  (One of the five books written by Moses around 1350 BC, Deuteronomy means "second law giving". Chapter 24 - below - in verses 1-4 refers to matters surrounding divorce. Various rabbis and teachers had added to this (in the Mishnah) a body of law derived from these verses.)
 

"... When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, 2 and if she goes and becomes another man’s wife, 3 and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife, 4 then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. ..."

 
Genesis (The first of the five books of Moses, Genesis means "Beginnings" or "Origins". This carefully preserved book is now included as the first book in Christian Bibles.)
 
Chapter 2 verses
 
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying,
 
"You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
 
18 Then the LORD God said,
 
"It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."
 
19 Now out of the ground the LORDGod had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
 
"This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man."
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
 
 
 

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