Mark 10:2-9

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And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.


Verses 6 to 8 record Jesus' composite reference to Genesis 5:2, Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 2:24. From this it is sometimes argued (e.g. here, Question 11, and see New Testament references to "the beginning") that Jesus must have understood Genesis 1:1–2:3 and 3:4–25 to be historical and amenable to harmonisation, and that therefore we must understand them the same way.


See discussion at Conclusions drawn from composite references.


Verses 6-8 are cited here as "accepting" events of early Genesis as literally true. See comment here and a more personal response here. —BP

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