If she had borne no children to her husband, her firstborn to his relative was to be the legitimate heir to the deceased spouse.
However, the nearest kin was also required to have the approval of his first wife before taking on a second.
o website dealing with cousin relationships would be complete without exploring the Christian viewpoint. From Appalachian snake handlers to the majestic liturgy of Eastern Orthodoxy, Christian beliefs run the full gamut.
In this discussion, we will consider only the biblical history and acceptance of cousin relationships, as opposed to institutional creeds.
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If the first wife was opposed to the marriage, or was related to the widow within the defined prohibitions, then she became the responsibility of the next nearest kin.
The brother of the deceased was generally the obvious choice, although a widow's marriage to her father in law was fairly common.
Perhaps Christianity was the faith of one's parent or grandparent, and although the individual does not particularly follow the faith, they were ingrained from childhood that God is the ultimate authority, and the Bible is God's instruction book to mankind.
Whether one truly believes in the Bible or not, it seems to have become a social standard to attribute one's own assumptions of right from wrong on scripture.
Furthermore, the Scripture clearly and unmistakably defines an aunt (a mother's or father's sister) as the parent's close relative, not as one's own.