A Christian View of Incest


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    Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
    Leviticus 18:17


    Incest is fairly comprehensively prohibited in Leviticus 18:6-18, and there was a natural dislike of incest, as of all sexual activity — though the greatest Christian scholars regarded it as being at the less serious end of the spectrum. Incest, even between mother and son, was far less serious than masturbation*.

    Lot and His Daughters with the burning of Sodom Beyond,
    attributed to Lazarus van Borchlot (c 1575 - c 1611)
    One daughter seduces her father, while the other pours more wine

    Much of the Old Testament is also remarkably tolerant of incest. Most of the key characters in the scriptures were credited with having participated. Among them were

    • Adam and his family;
    • Noah and his family;
    • Lot and his daughters (Genesis 19:30-38);
    • Abraham with Sarah his half-sister (Genesis 20:12);
    • Judah, with his daughter-in-law Tamar, innocently thinking she was a prostitute (Genesis 38:6ff); and
    • Amnon who raped his half-sister (another Tamar — 2 Samuel 13:1-20).

    Lot and his Daughters (1616), by Hendrick Goltzius
    The picture shows Lot being seduced by his daughters. The fox behind the tree symbolizes female cunning. Just visible n the background is the pilar of salt, Lot's late wife


    According to Deuteronomy 2:9 and 2:19, God gave the Moabites and the Ammonites special protection because they were descended from incestuous couplings — that of Lot and his daughters. Normal earthly taboos do not seem to apply in Heaven. According to many Christians, Mary is the bride of Christ as well as his mother.

    Incest clearly ran in Noah's family, as the genealogy below shows


    For many centuries the Church regarded mariages between even distant relatives as incestuous. Any marriage where the two spouses were related to each other within the seventh degree were considered incestuous. Fortunately, excemptions could be purchased - and among the royal and noble families of Western Christendom, very frequently were.



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    §. Thomas Aquinas for example held that masturbation was a vice more damnable than intercourse between mother and son (Summa Theologica II/III, q154, a11 and 12 ).


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