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Does Paul Condone Incest?

1 Corinthians 7:36

New American Standard Bible
But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let her marry.


  1. 1 Corinthians 7:36 — In this passage, Paul says that if a man feels strong sexual attraction to “his virgin” (Greek: parthenos), he may marry her, though it is better if he does not. The ancient Christian practice of unmarried men living in ascetic cohabitation with virgin girls and widows is probably the background to this teaching. [See Fitzmyer, First Corinthians, p. 324; and Robin Lane Fox, Pagans and Christians.] The NIV, however, adds words not found in the Greek text to make the teaching be about betrothal: “If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to…”.


  2. From , A House Divided: Sexuality, Morality, and Christian Cultures, By Geoffrey W. Sutton (pg. 215):

    “There is another curious passage in 1 Corinthians 7:36-38. The meaning hinges on how people translate ‘auto parthenos’ (his virgin). Some have attacked Paul and his teaching for justifying father-daughter incest. Others interpret the verses to mean that Paul was offering guidance in how a father could handle plans for the marriage of daughter to her fiance.”


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