Marriage partners the Bible doesn’t forbid

I’ve previously published a list of people the Bible doesn’t say you can’t have sex with. Since it’s possible to have marriage without sex and vice versa, I’m now also making a separate list of some of the people the Bible doesn’t say you can’t marry.

As before, it’s important to keep in mind that by including something on this list, I am not necessarily saying it should be forbidden, nor am I necessarily saying it should not be forbidden. I am including both acceptable matches and unacceptable matches in this list.

As far as I can tell, there are no rules in the Bible1 against marrying…

  • Multiple spouses2
  • A married person
  • Children
  • Members of the same sex, as long as you don’t have sex with them.
  • A divorced man, if he had a sexually immoral wife
  • A divorced man who didn’t have a sexually immoral wife, if you’re a man
  • Your ex-wife, if she hasn’t married someone else since your divorce
  • Your ex-husband, even if he has been married since your divorce
  • Your ex-wife who has married a woman since your divorce
  • Your ex-wife who has been married since your divorce, if you’re a woman
  • Your ex-husband, if you’re a woman who has gotten divorced and hasn’t had another husband
  • Your first spouse, if you’re a man who has gotten divorced and married someone else
  • Your first spouse, if you’re a woman who has gotten divorced and married a woman
  • Your first wife, if you’re a woman who has gotten divorced and married someone else
  • Your cousin3
  • Your aunt
  • Your uncle
  • Your niece
  • Your nephew
  • Your parents, if they’re not married to each other
  • Your offspring, if you’re not married to their other parent
  • Your parent of the same sex
  • Your offspring of the same sex
  • Your brother, if you’re a man
  • Your dead brother’s widow4
  • Your living brother’s spouse, if you’re a woman
  • Your sister’s spouse, if you’re a man
  • Your brother’s husband, if you’re a man
  • Your sister’s wife, if you’re a woman
  • Your sister’s husband, if you’re a woman and you don’t have sex with him until your sister dies
  • Your mother’s husband, if you’re a man
  • Your father’s wife, if you’re a woman
  • Your father’s husband
  • Your mother’s wife
  • Your offspring’s husband, if you’re a man
  • Your daughter’s spouse, if you’re a man
  • Your offspring’s wife, if you’re a woman
  • Your son’s spouse, if you’re a woman
  • Your dead husband’s brother5
  • Two sisters, as long as you don’t have sex with one of them until the other dies
  • Two brothers, if you’re a man
  • A woman and her brother
  • A woman and her mother, if you’re a woman
  • A man and his father, if you’re a man
  • A woman and her father
  • A man and his mother
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