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VENTER, Pieter M.. The dissolving of marriages in Ezra 9-10 and Nehemiah 13 revisited. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2018, vol.74, n.4, pp.1-13. ISSN 2072-8050.

The 'harsh' decision in Ezra 10:1-44 and Nehemiah 13:23-31 to terminate marriages with 'foreign' women falls strange on modern ears. This article reads these sections against the background of identity formation in Ezra-Nehemiah. It is proposed that these two passages should be studied on more than just one level. It states that synchronic, literary-redactional and socio-historical methods are to be combined in an effort to better understand why marriages were dissolved in Ezra and Nehemiah.

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