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Levirate Law

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From the Latin levir meaning “husband's brother.” A widespread practice in the ancient Near East assigning family responsibility to the husband's brother in case of disaster. The Mosaic law provided for the continuation of a man's name should he die before fathering a male child. According to Deuteronomy 25:5-10 , the deceased's brother was to marry the widow. The first male child born to this union was to carry the name of the dead man.


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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'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/l/levirate-law.html. 1991.

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