The Bible Slam: Numbers Chapter 36

In the concluding chapter of Numbers, we learn about tribal inheritances and kissing cousins.

In Numbers 27, Moses decreed that Zelophehad's children — who consisted solely of five daughters and no sons — were entitled to inheritance.  That didn't sit too well with various tribal chiefs, who complained to Moses that when the women married, the inheritances would go to their husbands who were members another tribe.  So Moses consults with God and says that women who receive inheritances have to marry within their own tribe.  The chapter concludes with Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah complying with God's commands by marrying their cousins.

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Discussion Points.

Apparently, the Old Testament decrees that women who marry automatically lose their property upon marriage.  Numbers Chapter 36 is silent about women who do not marry.

In the United States, it is illegal to marry first cousins in 25 states.  Some, such as Arizona, prohibit the practice until the cousins are 65 years old and cannot reproduce.

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