Deuteronomy 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
Please clarify which of the 3 aspects you mention (moral, ceremonial or legal) this applies to and why.
I honestly tried to categorize this using your outline above. I concluded it would seem to most closely fit with 'moral' aspect - being a phenomenon inextricably linked to biblically prohibited "immoral" sexual acts. Further, being a bastard clearly carries moral condemnation (the word itself is derisive as in "YOU BASTARD!!!"). Finally, like the other moral aspects you listed, the unwholesome state of being a bastard is also 'affirmed in the New Testament' (e.g. Hebrews 12:8). Indeed, as with many New Testament ideas, it is no longer solely physical reality that matters. With New Testament ideology, you can commit adultery in your heart (regardless of actual adulterous physical action) and you can be a bastard if you lack chastisement (regardless of actual parental marital status at birth).
Perhaps you'll just say I'm a bastard for posting a comment here on an issue I find troubling. If so, what does the bible say that means for my great, grand, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren?
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