Does the Bible permit or forbid interracial dating and marriage?
The Bible shows, however, that the group who left Egyptian bondage was anything but pure genetically.
Joseph is one of the many sons of Jacob (renamed Israel).
Brothers who are envious of him sell him into slavery at an early age.
After a period of several trials, God blesses him with the responsibility of overseeing all of Egypt in order to save the entire family from a famine.
At the time of the Exodus there were more than 32,000 fighting men in the tribe of Manasseh and 40,500 males able to fight from Ephraim's tribe (Numbers - 35). To all those who he led out of Egypt, a great mass descended not only from Jacob (Israel) but also from other peoples and nations (Exodus ). It concerns marriages between those who will enter the Promised Land with those already living in the area. Notice that "interracial" relationships for their own sake are the focus of the passage. and make your sons go whoring after THEIR gods" - Exodus )!
Some who study the topics of dating and interracial relationships in the Bible often overlook the fact that God did not restrict who could and could not leave Egypt in the Exodus. Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go whoring after their gods . The warning is given to keep those who worship the true God from being led astray to worship FALSE deities by their pagan mates (". God is not forbidding inter RACIAL dating and marriage in an attempt to keep the people racially pure (which they were not, as discussed above).
Scripture states, "also a mixed multitude went up with them" (Exodus ), meaning that MANY non-Israelites (Egyptians, people from various countries who were also slaves, etc.) left Egypt under the leadership of Moses. He was warning against inter RELIGIOUS matrimony, meaning marriages between those who believe and follow HIM with those who do not!
He marries an Egyptian woman and produces two sons named Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis ).
Was Joseph's 'interracial marriage' against the will of God?
Was he and his family considered not true Israelites and rejected?
Before his death, the patriarch Jacob not only specially "adopts" Joseph's two boys and makes them the chief inheritors of the birthright blessings received by his grandfather Abraham, he gives them the blessing of representing the family name ISRAEL (see Genesis 48)! And lest you take from their daughters for your sons (marriages), and their daughters go whoring after THEIR gods and make your sons go whoring after THEIR gods (Exodus , 14-16, HBFV)To whom is God giving the above warning?