As I understand Judaic law, if a man's brother dies that man has to take responsibility for the dead brother's wife and children, if any, she becomes his wife and the children as his own. Also if a man's first wife has not born a son, the heir, he can take another wife to remedy that situation. He could also another woman not of his tribe to provide an heir, the wife remains outside of the tribe yet the son was treated as direct blood.
Hi Rex Not sure if I should post here or email.. My husband recently started listening to your podcast and had it on in the car and I caught an episode when you were discussing how pagan beliefs were incorporated into Christianity...this is always portrayed as some kind of negative when in reality the whole of Christianity is based on the conglomeration of previous religions, literature, and ideas. For instance the creation of man story, the snake & the apple, Noah's flood, these were all original stories in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" one of the earliest known literary works. The flood story is point by point identical. Jesus coming back from the dead is also a reoccurring theme in religions of the time. You seem very knowledgeable and open to discussion, have you read the book "The God Delusion" by Dawkins? It was eye-opening, still searching for the person who can answer the questions that book poses. So, I am wondering why you are a Christian and not a Buddhist or Agnostic? How do you justify many of the immoral teachings of the bible? I found your podcasts entertaining, especially the societal collapse one and discussing eating hamsters (LOL), good stuff. Keep up the good work!