Last Night I Dreamt I Went to Manderley Again (Ezra 10)

Well, if Ezra 9 didn’t clinch it, Ezra 10 did. Interracial marriages are not approved of in the Bible. Interracial is a modern term but I think it’s fair to interpret marriages with “foreign wives” as such. In Ezra 10, Ezra is losing his shit over all the marriages Jewish men have made with dirty, foreign bitches. He says, “Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law” (Ezr 10:3). He’s serious: a covenant is being made about this after all.

What is unclear to me is what happens to these foreign wives. They’ve got to go – we know that. But there’s all this talk about “put[ting] them away”. What does that mean? Are they being killed? Or does being “put away” mean that they’ll be committed to a low-securty sanitorium-style facility that is actually quite relaxing and offers fun (and oddly pacifying) arts and crafts?

Don't be a hater.

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