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Subject: Re: OT When did it become legal to marry one's sister-in-law?
Date: 2 Feb 2006 08:54:12 -0800
> In a message dated 2/2/2006 3:21:28 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> Can anyone recommend a reliable source that would give the date
> when it became legal to marry one's dead wife's sister? Also when
> it became legal for first cousins to marry, etc? I have this happening
> in 1739 in Cambridgeshire.
> It was never legal to marry your dead wife's sister.
> However many people married the sister of their dead wife.
> That's the problem with two adjectives in a row.
> By the way, the Levitical law actually commands you to marry the sister of
> your dead wife, if they had no children by their own marriage.
Does not the Levitical law rather command you to marry the wife of your
dead brother, if they had no children?