Does the Bible forbid interracial marriages?

by Matt Slick

The Bible does not forbid interracial marriages.  It does, however, forbid a Christian from marrying an unbeliever: "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14).

In Numbers 12:1-8 is an account of Moses marrying an Ethiopian woman.   "Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman)," (Num. 12:1).

Other Bible verses translate this as "Cush."  Cush is the ancient location of Ethiopia.  Miriam and Aaron were upset with Moses because he married a Cushite woman.  Cush has also been considered to be the northern part of Egypt.  Either way, it is very possible that the Cushite woman was of a different race.  God defended Moses for marrying this woman.  If race were an issue, this would have been a great place to set the matter straight.

Also, people of different races were not mentioned as being among those forbidden by God for Jews to marry, see Exodus 34:11.





About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.