Since Nazarenes have roots in both Essene and Pharisaic Judaism, part of the work of the International Beit Din in coming years will be to
hear issues in which the Essene and Pharisaic halachot conflict and
about which the Ketivim Netzarim (the so-called "New Testament") makes
no direct comment. In these cases we must follow the Wisdom Messiah has
given us through the Ruach HaKodesh to resolve such issues.
following halacha falls into just this catagory. The Pharisaic halacha
permits a man to marry the daughter of his sister. The Essenes called
this halacha one of the "three traps of belial" and that by ding such
the Pharisees had poluted the Temple.
The following is the first example of the Beit Din ruling on this kind of issue:
MARRYING A DAUGHTER OF A SISTER
May a man marry the daughter of his sister?
The Pharisees say:
Concerning him who... marries his sister's daughter ... Scripture says, Then
shall you call, and YHWH will answer; you shall cry and He will say: `Here I
The Essenes say:
They [the Pharisees] [permit] each man to marry the daughter of his brothers and
the daughter of his sister, although Moses said, "Unto the sister of your mother
you shall not draw near; she is the flesh of your mother" (Lev. 18:13). But the
law of cansanguinity is written for males and females alike, so if the brother's
daughter uncovers the nakedness of the bother of her father, she is the flesh of
(Damascus Document 4, 6b-11a)
The International Nazarene Beit Din says:
The rules against incest are the same for males and female so that a man may not
marry his sister's daughter.