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Is there any ambiguity in Luke 2:5 to whether Mary and Joseph were already married?

There are three variants of the Greek text here: (a) ... τῇ μεμνηστευμένῃ αὐτῷ γυναικί ... ("his betrothed wife") (b) ... τῇ μεμνηστευμένῃ αὐτῷ ... ("his betrothed") (c) ... τῇ γυναικί ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

There are two matters here: Marrying siblings was not always a problem but became a problem (as we now know) because of biological problems. Adam and Eve's children must have (almost) all married ...
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Proverbs 18:22's grossly oversimplified, glib, nonchalant view about getting married

Here's a more positive way to look at Proverbs 18:22. Proverbs 18 is an anthology of traditional sayings for a variety of different circumstances that are not elucidated in the text itself because at ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Technically, Sarah was Abraham’s HALF-sister, according to Genesis 20:12: Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. ...
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Why does God not just permit but seemingly encourage David's polygamy in 2 Samuel 12:8?

There is no doubt that polygamy was common in Israel; Elkannah, David, Solomon, Saul, Abraham, Jacob, etc, etc. In 2 Sam 12:8 we find that - I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wives ...
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Does "they neither marry nor are given in marriage" refer to the act of getting married, or the state of being married?

"They neither marry nor are given in marriage" clearly refers to the act of being married. "Marry" and "given" are both verbs(i.e. words used to describe an action, state,...
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Proverbs 18:22's grossly oversimplified, glib, nonchalant view about getting married

I liked the other answers and have upvoted; this answer is not intended to compete with them but to complement them. Passages like Prov 18:22 appear glib and simplistic, somewhat akin to a motherhood ...
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how can we infer/induce/deduce that ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) bible verse's use of "yoked"/ "bound" / "close association" does refer to marriage?

The verb in 2 Cor 6:14 is ἑτεροζυγέω (heterozugeó) is a hapex legomenon. In this verse, according to BDAG, it means: draft animals that need different kinds of yokes because they are different ...
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In Matthew 24:38

Just as "eating and drinking" are two parts of the one act of partaking of a meal, so "marrying and giving in marriage" are two parts of the one ceremony of marriage. That is, to ...
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In Luke 20:36 how does immortality obviate marriage?

Based on a comparison of various translations of this passage, it would appear that the conjunction γὰρ does not necessarily always imply a direct dependency. The NETBible, for example, translates it ...
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The original Hebrew of Malachi 2:16

The related Q&A deals very well with the awkwardnesses of this verse. Here, OP's interest is in whether the Hebrew described there can bear the sense in which YHWH ("The LORD") could be the ...
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Would Matthew contradict Mark and Luke about remarriage after divorce?

(1) Can the Ancient Greek of Matthew be read so that there is no contradiction of Mark and Luke? Yes, but not necessarily by understanding the Greek differently. Here is one way to resolve the ...
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In what sense is divorce and remarriage "adultery" according to Jesus?

These verses have been taken out of context more than almost any other verses in all of scripture. I suggest that Jesus' teachings on divorce here cannot be understood if divorced from 4 critical ...
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Is "rape" the correct interpretation of the "עִנִּיתָֽהּ" in Deuteronomy 21:10-14?

The instruction from God has nothing to do with rape. 10When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them ...
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In Luke 20:36 how does immortality obviate marriage?

Regardless of how the particle γὰρ is translated, I don't think a causal relationship between marriage and death can be avoided in these verses. If we take γὰρ in its basic sense of "for", then Jesus ...
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In light of Exodus 22:16-17, does a man who seduces a virgin become her husband ipso facto?

First of all, it is important to understand these two verses in the context of the chapter as a whole. The laws from Exodus 21:33 to 22:17, for the most part, deal with paying restitution to one's ...
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What is significant about “only in the Lord” with regards to widows remarrying? 1 Corinthians 7:39

Paul said in another place : He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit. [I Corinthians 6:17 KJV.] And in that context, Paul says that a physical union results in being : one body with her. [I ...
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Why does God not just permit but seemingly encourage David's polygamy in 2 Samuel 12:8?

And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given to you such and ...
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Can the spouse of a believer be sanctified by simply being married to the believer?

First of all, children are not by-product of a marriage, they are blessings from God, just like we are not by-products of God's creation :) Answering your question regarding 1 Cor 7:14 Now to answer ...
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What age should we understand Samson, his bride and his bride's younger sister as being?

Samson age is never mentioned in the bible but we have this; 30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon ...
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(John 2:1) The mother of Jesus

There are numerous places where Mary is explicitly called the Mother of Jesus such as: Matt 1:16 - and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. ...
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The logos in Titus 2:5

The phrase Ὁ Λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ occurs about 42 times in the NT. In every instance except one (Rev 19:13) it refers to the written and spoken teaching about God, much as our modern technical term, "...
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Does Jesus' teaching on marriage implicitly condemn polygamy as adulterous?

I agree with Dottard that this passage isn't really about polygamy, one way or the other. These verses have been taken out of context more than almost any other in all of scripture. I suggest that ...
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Trying to understand 1st Chronicles 23:21-23 lawful marriage or no?

This is a marriage between first cousins, and it does not violate the prohibitions of Leviticus 18 Merari is the great-grandfather of the people who are getting married. Mahli is the grandfather. ...
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What is the difference between the victim of divorce in 1 Corinthians 7:15, and Luke 16:18, if remarriage is permitted by Paul?

Executive Summary Jesus' teachings on divorce in Luke 16 (and the parallel passages in Matthew & Mark) are not a blanket prohibition on remarriage after divorce. A little bit of historical context ...
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2 Corinthians 6:14 - What does "Unequally Yoked" mean?

Allusion to the Greek Septuagint: Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers indicates the meaning is determined by the use of the cognate noun in Leviticus 19:19 (“Thou shalt not let thy cattle ...
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About the Greek grammar in Matthew 19:4-5, 8

Matthew 19:5 - We need to pick up at v. 4: ...ὁ κτίσας ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ ἐποίησεν αὐτοὺς 5 καὶ εἶπεν·... Here, the verbs (in bold) both have the same antecedent: epoiēsen and eipen both have ...
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What implications does the expression "giving in marriage" have for the existence of sexuality after the ressurection?

The Matthew 20:30 rather clearly states that in Heavens there will be neither act of marriage, nor sexual relationships, for addition of the "they will be like angels in heaven" to the "there will be ...
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