Marriage and sexuality were two of the most hotly debated issues in early Christianity. There was a great deal of debate about whether marriage was to be encouraged or discouraged, what role it played in the Christian life, and how it should be viewed. The Bible itself provided little guidance on these questions, leading to a great deal of uncertainty.
Early Christian writers offered their own interpretations of Scripture that supported or condemned their position on marriage and sexuality. This paper will explore how they approached this topic through an examination of their writings and how they used Scripture to support their views.
For Christians, marriage is a sacrament. It’s a holy union between two people who have pledged to love and honor each other for the rest of their lives. But what does that mean?
About Marriage and Sexuality in Early Christianity Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources
In order to understand this fundamental aspect of Christianity and its history, we first have to understand where it came from. The Bible gives us some clues as to what early Christian views on marriage were—but it’s also important to look at the context in which these words were written.
The Old Testament was written by many different authors who lived over hundreds of years, and they each had their own ideas about marriage and sexuality. Some of these ideas included polygamy and concubinage (having sex with slaves). In response, Jewish rabbis developed laws that restricted these practices and placed limits on how often people could divorce. They also emphasized monogamy and encouraged couples to have children.
The New Testament was written by Jesus’ disciples after his death; it contains letters written by Paul (who is sometimes considered the first pope) that include passages about marriage such as “Do not deprive each other except with consent for a time” (1 Corinthians 7:5). These letters also provide instructions for how Christians should live their lives.