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Levirate Law, Levirate Marriage

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The legal provision requiring a dead man's brother (levirate) to marry his childless widow and father a son who would assume the dead man's name and inherit his portion of the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 25:5-10 ). The practice is an important element in the story of Ruth (Ruth 2:20 ; Ruth 3:2 ,Ruth 3:2,3:9-13 ; Ruth 4:1-11 ). The Sadduccees appealed to levirate law in asking Jesus a question about the resurrection (Matthew 22:23-33 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Levirate Law, Levirate Marriage'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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