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Curtis Stofferahn, Grand Forks, Published August 03 2013

Letter: I refer writer to the scholars

In citing Bible verses supporting marriage as between one man and one woman, Vern Kepler conveniently ignores all the evidence to the contrary (column, July 31). Anyone with a modicum of biblical literacy would be aware the Bible endorses a wide range of relationships, thus the Bible’s definition of marriage can be confusing and contradictory, as noted by the scholars quoted in my July 28 column.

As the biblical scholars indicated in their article, the Bible provides all kinds of evidence of various forms of marriage including polygamy, which was embraced by prominent biblical figures Abraham and David.

Furthermore, the biblical scholars point out that various Bible passages mention not only traditional monogamy but also self-induced castration and celibacy, as well as the practice of wedding rape victims to their rapists.

I suggest that Kepler read the original article by the biblical scholars, which can be found at the Des Moines Register and the Altoona Herald.