This is more like two questions:
- Around the time of Jesus, how was divorce done according to Jewish law?
- Does the Koran really say that a man can say “I divorce you” three times for an instant divorce?
The reason I’m asking this is, I have heard before that during the time of Jesus, Jewish law pretty much gave men the ability for instant divorce, which left the women screwed. This is why Jesus was against divorce.
On another message board, someone had linked to a story about a Muslim man divorcing a woman by saying “I divorce you” three times.
I guess I mentally made a connection and decided that the Islam custom was really common in that area a long time ago. So I posted a message that basically said that it isn’t something exclusive to Islam, but it grew from local customs that Judaism was also involved in.
Someone else said thanked me for posting that, and that it changed his views.
I began worrying that I might have been wrong, because if I was then I would be spreading ignorance, so I decided to look for some information.
A few hours of googling later, I didn’t find any connection between Jewish law and Islamic law, but what I did find was interesting. That is, if the cites I found were accurate.
So I replied to the person who thanked me with the information I found.
I guess I’m wondering, is what I said below correct, or at least close? I intend to get back to the people on that other message board with the answers I get here.
Everything below the line of dashes is the post I made on the other board.
I think I’ve jumped the gun a little, I’m afraid.
I’ve been digging around for a cite for this to make sure I was right. I haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for. I think I misinterpreted what I heard.
I was partly right though. I found a few things:
It seems the author has an axe to grind against Judaism and Christianity, but it’ll have to do for now.
from WOMEN IN ISLAM VERSUS WOMEN IN THE JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN TRADITION:
THE MYTH & THE REALITY
I should point out that when he says Judaism allows it, he is making a pretty big generalization about the religion and their interpretation. However, around the time of Jesus I do believe that this kind of thing was in Jewish law.
It looks like I was also wrong about that particular custom being behind this. A lot of the things that Islam is criticized for are cultural customs from that time that Christianity and Judaism participated in, but not this one.
However, what it apparently does say in the Koran nonetheless should be looked at.
From Legal Affairs
So even though I was wrong about the connection to Islam, the way people say their divorce works is still wrong. I’ll try to ask some people who might know, because I don’t really trust these cites too much, but I think what I’ve found out is at least close to the truth.
Sorry about that. It just goes to show: always ask for a cite