From: Michael Abernathy (
Date: Sun Oct 17 1999 - 00:15:58 EDT

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<DIV><FONT size=2>Paul Dixon said porneia "cannot be adultery or prostitution,
since the lawful punishment for such is death by stoning."&nbsp; You might want
to reconsider this argument.&nbsp; There is substantial evidence that during the
New Testament period divorce, not stoning, was the usual consequence of adultery
(See. Markus Bockmuehl's article "Matthew 5.32; 19.9 in the Light of
Pre-Rabinnic Halakhah" <EM>New Testament Studies</EM> vol. 35, 1989, pp.
291-295).&nbsp; Also consider Joseph's planned divorce of Mary upon finding that
she was pregnant.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Michael Abernathy</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Lock Haven</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>


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