"Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid." ~ Harlan Miller The more research I have done on intercultural marriage, the more I have realized that it has long been misunderstood by Christians.
Intercultural and Interracial Marriages in the Bible Now, let's take a look at several biblical marriage narratives.
But one day, when he was a young man, Samson saw a beautiful Philistine woman in Timnah.
He told his father and mother, "Get her for me as a wife." His parents protested and said, "Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?
SEE ALSO: Adoption Offers Profound Opportunities for Racial Unity God forbade the Israelites to intermarry with the Canaanites—the people of the land. Then there were the foreign wives of Solomon, which led to his downfall (1 Kings 11).
(See Genesis 24:3; Exodus -17; Deuteronomy 7:3; Joshua -13; Ezra 9:2ff.) But intermarriage with all so-called foreigners was not prohibited (see Deuteronomy -13). It was not so much a matter of these women being foreign (non-Jewish by race), but a matter of these women worshipping foreign gods that was at issue.