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May 9th 2009, 08:25 PM
This is in regards to divorce: are you divorced accordinly to the bible when the judge signs the final decree or when papers are first signed?

I would like to research how this took place back in the old bible times.
Does anyone have any reference? This also applies to marriage.

May 9th 2009, 09:37 PM
Hi whitesquaw and welcome to the Forums!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in the Introductions Forum?


PS I practised law for 20 years and, while it won't have been in your part of the world, it's at the end, not the start of the proceedings - but God hates divorce, so you won't find anyone here recommending it. Indeed, many of us believe that God does not sanction it at all and certainly not now that Christ has come.

Can I ask why you are interested?

May 9th 2009, 09:46 PM
Biblically in Deuteronomy 24:1-5, a man gave a wife a certificate of divorce, but it doesn't say whether or not such a certificate was signed or not.

May 10th 2009, 01:33 AM
Thank God that Jesus has set us free from the bondage of Deut. 24 with regards to divorce. If Jesus had not come and brought regeneration and the new man and hence freedom from hardness of heart, we would still be under the yoke of that law.

May 10th 2009, 11:43 PM
As to how is was done in Bible times John Gill's commentary on Deut 24 says this.

then let him write her a bill of divorcement; Jarchi says, this is a command upon him to divorce her, because she finds not favour in his eyes; and so the Jews {o} generally understand it, and so they did in the time of Christ, Mt 19:7; whereas it was no more than a permission, for reasons before given. A man might not dismiss his wife by word of mouth, which might be done hastily, in a passion, of which he might soon repent; but by writing, which was to be drawn up in form; and, as the Targum of Jonathan, before the sanhedrim, in a court of judicature, which required time, during which he might think more of it, and either recede from his purpose before the case was finished, or do it upon mature deliberation; and a firm resolution. The Jews say {p} many things of the witnesses before whom it was to be written and sealed, and at what time, and upon what, and with what it was to be written, and who were proper persons to write it or not, in a treatise of theirs, called Gittin, or divorces. In the Hebrew text this bill is called "a bill of cutting off" {q}; because the marriage was rescinded, and man and wife were cut off and separated from one another for ever; of the form of such a bill, See Gill on "Mt 5:31";