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An illegitimate child, but not necessarily a child born out of wedlock. The term could refer to offspring of an incestuous union or of a marriage that was prohibited (Leviticus 18:6-20 ; Leviticus 20:11-20 ). Illegitimate children were not permitted to enter the assembly of the Lord (Deuteronomy 23:2 ). According to Hebrews, those who do not have the discipline of the Lord are illegitimate children (Deuteronomy 12:8 ). Also translated as “a mongrel people” (Zechariah 9:6 NRSV).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Bastard'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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