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First, we're not Jews in the desert, and our confines of our community have no real resemblance to theirs in that time, which included an exceptionally antagonistic relationship with the Canaanites, Philistines, and other surrounding peoples.Secondly, these verses are not only about religious, but ethnic as well.The book of Esther is not only important to Jews today, who celebrate Purim to commemorate the story, but should stick out to us Christians as a significant example of an interfaith marriage.Not only was it a union blessed by God, but it was crucial to fulfilling His will, making a lasting impact still remembered today.She quotes 1 Corinthians , which states, "A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives.But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord." While "only in the Lord" is unclear in meaning, what is clear is that this verse is referring to widows.While those are atypical (read, horrifying) approaches to marriage, a marriage was not valid if the wife was not a virgin, and she'd be put to death (Deuteronomy -21).Similarly, marriage before the age of modern adulthood was common.
I'm not out to prove that it's Biblically ordained, but I do think the Scripture leaves space for debate, and the assertion that "it won't work" just isn't accurate anymore.
While most marriage was essentially a property transfer of the bride from the father to the groom (just think of Jacob "earning" his wife with seven years of work), other initiation of nuptials persisted.
Deuteronomy -13 permits kidnapping as a method of courting, while Deuteronomy -29 allows rape as a pathway to matrimony.
Esther, a Jewish orphan, was married to the Persian king Ahasuerus.
When a prince conspired to convince the king to kill the Jews throughout the empire, Esther was uniquely positioned to convince the king otherwise, revealing her identity as a Jew.I wanted to take this opportunity to push back both on the assertion, and the way it's framed.