Understanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context


Understanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context

TitleUnderstanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBaird, Brian J.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume25
Pagination227-237
KeywordsJacob (Son of Lehi); Jacob 2; Law of Moses; Levirate Marriage; Marriage; Plural Marriage; Polygamy
Abstract

This paper reviews the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob’s proscription against plural marriage, arguing that the verses in Jacob 24–30 should be interpreted in a Law of Moses context regarding levirate marriage, by which a man was responsible for marrying his dead brother’s wife if that brother died before having an heir. I also review how these verses have been used in arguments for and against plural marriage, and how levirate marriage practices worked in Mosaic tradition.

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