Comparative Study of Jewish Marriage and Hindu Marriage Essay

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Comparative Study of Jewish Marriage and Hindu Marriage

PART - I
INTRODUCTION:
The Old Testament is the first part of the Holy Bible. Together with the New Testament, it forms the scripture that are sacred to Christians. Jews accept only the old Testament emphasizing the idea of covenant between God and His people, and contains a record of their history to show how faithfully they observed this covenant. As a cultural treasure, the Old Testament is one of the most important source we have for knowledge of the past.
Jews divide the Old Testament into three main sections called THE LAW, THE PROPHET and THE WRITINGS. 'THE LAW' consists of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deutronomy and in this section, we can
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Since children were important to carry on the family name, a childless wife might allow her husband to have children by her slave. This was legal in Old Testament. It was practised by Abraham and Sarah and even by Rachel and Jacob.3 The wife gives her maid to her husband on special ocassions. It is difficult to give a name to the status of the maid in such relationship. She is secondary rather than a second wife, though if the husband continued to have relations with her, she would have the position of a concubine.

RULES OF ACQUIRING WIVES FOR PRIEST:
Priest are holy to their God so they must keep themselves pure and clean in all respects. According to the book of Leviticus chapter 21:-
(a) They must not marry women defiled by prostitution.
(b) They must not marry a divorced woman.
(c) They must marry a virgin woman.
(d) They must not marry a widow
(e) They must marry his own people so that they may not defile thier offspring among thier people.

THE IMPORTANCE OF VIRGINITY FOR MARRIAGE:
In the book of Duetronomy chapter 22, a rules or laws of incurring fine to a husband for wrongly bringing bad name to a wife is recorded. It says "If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, "I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity," then the girl's father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town

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