Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spirituality: (Dr. John J. Pilch, The Cultural World of Jesus Sunday by Sunday, Year B)

With regards to Joseph accepting Mary as his bride and wife, he writes of divorce:

“[In the context of a Mediterranean culture,] divorce is not just the separation of two partners but rather the separation of two families. In a society driven by the values of honor and shame, the family of the bride will be shamed. The bride's male relatives in particular will have to bear the shame as well as the responsibility to remedy it. Feuding will result and undoubtedly escalate to bloodshed. This must be avoided at all cost, hence the cultural rule is no divorce.”