Man + Woman “Nuclear Family” (Genesis 2:24)
- Wives subordinate to their husbands.
- Interfaith marriages forbidden.
- Marriages generally arranged, not based on romantic love.
- Bride who could not prove her virginity was stoned to death.
Man + Woman + Woman’s Property (Genesis 16)
- Man could acquire his wife’s property including her slaves.
Man + Brother’s Widow “Levirate Marriage” (Genesis 38: 6-10)
- Widow who had not borne a son required to marry her brother in law.
- Must submit sexually to her new husband.
Male Slave + Female Slave (Exodus 21:4)
- Slave owner could assign female slaves to his male slaves.
- Female slaves must submit sexually to their new husbands.
Male Soldier + Prisoner of War (Deuteronomy 21:11-14) & (Number 31:1-18)
- Under Moses’ command, Israelites kill every Midianite man, woman child; save for the virgin girls who are taken as spoils of war.
- Wives must submit sexually to their new owners.
Rapist + His Victim (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
- Virgin who is raped must marry her rapist.
- Rapist must pay victim’s father 50 shekels of silver for property loss.