Jesus teaches very clearly that the only marriage that can be dissolved is the one that never occurred in the first place.

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Jesus speaks to divorce specifically using the word "porneia" which is fornication. In Matthew Jesus is standing on ground under Antipas' authority. Antipas had just beheaded John the Baptist for questioning his marriage to his niece. A marriage within his own family. Jesus teaches very clearly that the only marriage that can be dissolved is the one that never occurred in the first place. One involving incest or kinsman. Remarriage is not an option


Reply: This view is based on Bonsirven's interpretations of porneia which became popular before all of the Dead Sea Scrolls had been analysed. Now that we have access to all the Scrolls, I think there is only one scholar who still holds to it (Murphy O'Conner, a Catholic in Jerusalem), apart from those who haven't looked at the recent discoveries.

I cover this theory in a little bit of detail in Section 2 of chap.10 of my academic book. If you want more details, see my paper on the evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls "Nomological Exegesis in Qumran 'Divorce' Texts" (Revue de Qumran, 18, 1998, 561-579).

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