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Malina addresses this in The New Testament World, chapter 5: Kinship and Marriage: ...as in all societies that exalt bonds between males and masculine lines of rights, the new wife...is like a "stranger" in the house... ...Daughters are welcome but burdensome, since they can plague a father's honor... ...Further, a female is not a stranger when ...


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Families in those days tended to be much larger, especially in regards to kings. David had many wives, each probably bearing multiple children. It would not be difficult in such a situation to see two important details: Due to having many children, David would not have been as intimate with all of his children. It's simply a matter of running a kingdom, ...


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I'd always taken your first two examples to be showing the hot-headedness of young men. By the time someone is a father of a woman of marriable age one is likely to have calmed down somewhat and be more mature, not risking civil war or clan war to revenge one person. Having lived within a tribal culture in Africa for a few years, it was my experience that ...



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