Papers on "The Levirate and Polyandry," following up the line of his previous investigations (Fortnightly Review, 1877), were the last work he was able to publish.
In ecclesiastical legend and 2 For the principle of the Levirate illustrated in Gen.
The well-known custom which gives the nearest heir of the dead a right to inherit the widow is naturally distinct from the levirate, where it is the brother's duty to marry his widowed sister-in-law if childless, and where the eldest son succeeds to the name and inheritance of the deceased.
In Hebrew usage the refusal to perform the levirate brought ignominy (see Deut.
Although the levirate still continued (Matt.
Naomi, who had realized the impossibility of the levirate in her case (i.
(I) Yebamoth (" sisters-in-law "), on the levirate, &c. (2) Kahl - lb - 6th (" marriage contracts "), rights and duties of husband and wife.