Incest

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2015)

3 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2016

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Joseph E. David

Sapir Academic College - School of Law

Date Written: December 8, 2015

Abstract

This article is confined to incest in the narrow sense of sexual unions between kin members. Contrary to other types of incest, the licentiousness of this conduct is portrayed as a combination of the identical, i.e., sexual union between two persons who share a component that is essential to their being, whether tangible (sperm, breath, blood, bone, flesh, milk, etc.) or intangible (soul, name, etc.). Does this phenomenon epitomize the predicament of incest or is it only a definitional constituent of incest? This question hovers over the Jewish musings on close-kin marriages during the Middle Ages.

Keywords: Incest, medieval, law, kinship, Karaites, Maimonides, Nachmanides, exogamy, Philo, Gershonides, Jewish mysticism, close kin marriages

Suggested Citation

David, Joseph E., Incest (December 8, 2015). Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700576

Joseph E. David (Contact Author)

Sapir Academic College - School of Law ( email )

Israel

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