Question by  jesshayl1 (79)

How were widows treated in biblical times?

I need to understand the biblical treatment of widows.


Answer by  wiltond (37)

Most of the widows that appear in the bible demostrate a lot of trust in God. This trust represents a lot in God's eyes,and he shows it by treating them with compassion. In Exodus for example,God emphasizes that if the women weep he shall hear their cry.


Answer by  wallaby78 (2293)

Widows were expected to marry again in the family as soon as possible. They might marry theier husbands brother, cousin, or some more distant relative. This would ensure that the widow was cared for by her husband's family, and that her children were brought up in their father's family.


Answer by  Clement (1453)

The Old Testament has a number of rules concerning widowhood. Under specific circumstances widows had to remarry brothers of their late husbands.


Answer by  Anonymous

Look at the widow who gave two "mites." You can understand she arrived in a state of poverty because of the scribes "who devour widow's houses." She was destitute and those who could have gave/helped her gave to the "beautiful" Temple instead. OT commandment was to care for widows/orphans.

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