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Adultery
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Adultery. Sexual relations between a married or betrothed woman and anyone other than her husband. In the Bible, adultery is punishable by death. Used as a metaphor for unfaithfulness to God.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Adultery
Adultery in the Bible Adultery. Sexual relations between a married or betrothed woman and anyone other than her husband. In the Bible, adultery is punishable by death. Used as a metaphor for unfaithfulness to God.
Adultery in the Ancient Near East
Adultery in the Ancient Near East Surveys attitudes, laws, and customs from the ancient Near East concerning adultery, generally defined as sexual intercourse between a married or betrothed woman and a man other than her husband.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Adultery
ADULTERY [Heb niʾupı̂m (נִאֻפִים); also zĕnût (זְנוּת‎), zĕnûnı̂m (זְנוּנִים), “whoredom,” “harlotry”]. Sexual intercourse between a married or betrothed woman and any man other than her husband. The marital status of the woman’s partner is inconsequential since only the married or betrothed woman
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Adultery
Adultery. Biblically, adultery is a breach of the “one flesh” relationship of marriage. It describes any act of sexual intercourse between a married woman and a man other than her husband, and all sexual intercourse involving a married man and another man’s wife or fiancée.In OT times, polygamous unions
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Adultery
Adultery In Scripture, sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his wife, or by a married woman with another than her husband. It is distinguished from fornication, which is illicit sexual intercourse by an unmarried person.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Adultery
ADULTERY A breach of the unity of marriage. It describes any act of sexual intercourse between a married woman and a man other than her husband, and all sexual intercourse involving a married man and a woman other than his wife.In OT times, polygamous unions were not considered adulterous (cf. Dt 21:15).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Adultery
adultery, illicit sexual relations with someone other than one’s marriage partner. Its prohibition is part of the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:14; Deut. 5:18). In the Bible, the primary referent for adultery seems to be sexual relations between a married (or betrothed) woman and any man other than her
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Adultery
ADULTERY. Sexual intercourse of a married person with other than the marriage partner. Adultery was generally condoned in pagan cultures, particularly on the part of the male, who though married was not charged with adultery unless he cohabited with another man’s wife or a betrothed maiden.Adultery
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Adultery
AdulteryIn the ancient Near East and the OT (Lev. 18:20; 20:10; Deut. 22:22) adultery meant consensual sexual intercourse by a married woman with a man other than her husband. However, intercourse between a married man and another woman was not considered adultery unless she was married. The betrothed
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Adultery
Adultery (Heb. n˒p; Gk. moicheía). The seventh commandment forbids a married person to have sexual relations with a person who is not his or her spouse (Exod. 20:14; Deut. 5:18; cf. Lev. 18:20). Although Scripture condemns such an act, some Israelites paid no attention to the law; David, for example,
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Marriage
Marriage and divorce, adultery and incestPaul did not write treatises on the subjects of marriage, divorce, adultery or incest, and, were it not for problems in some of the churches he had founded that specifically concerned these matters, he might have made no reference to any of them at all. But there
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Adultery, Divorce
ADULTERY, DIVORCEThis article covers in turn divorce, adultery and other irregular sexual unions that contemporary Christian ethicists and (in most cases) ancient Jews and Christians would have classed as deviations from the marital ideal (see Marriage).1. Divorce2. Adultery3. Other Irregular Unions
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Marriage, Divorce and Adultery
Marriage, Divorce and AdulteryThis article addresses the development of early Christian conceptions of marriage, divorce and adultery in post-Pauline Gentile Christianity. (For questions of roles in marriage relationships see Woman and Man.) The focus is primarily the sanctity and inviolability of the
Key passages
Ex 20:14

“You shall not commit adultery.

Pr 7:1–27

My child, guard my sayings; store my commandments with you. Keep my commands and live, and my teaching like the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and you shall …

Ho 4:13–14

On the tops of the mountains they sacrifice, and on the hills they make offerings, under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters play the whore, and all your daughters-in-law commit adultery. I will not punish your daughters when they play …

Mt 5:27–28

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jn 8:3–11

Now the scribes and the Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. And standing her in their midst, they said to him, testing him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery! Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” (Now …

1 Co 6:9

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither sexually immoral people, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive homosexual partners, nor dominant homosexual partners,

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