When studying this topic their are a number of things that you must take into consideration before you can gain the full understanding of what a bastard is according to the Bible.
These key points will be brought out in this class to fully understand what a bastard child means in the Bible.
The first thing that needs to be understood is, the meaning of the word bastard according to it's translated definition. Here is the definition and translation.
4464. mamzer ?
MAMZER: -A BASTARD, CHILD OF INCEST-
Original Word: ???????
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (mam-zare')
Short Definition: birth
(Now here is that same word in another resource.)
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
from an unused word
-A BASTARD, CHILD OF INCEST-
HEB: ???? ?????? ???????? ????????? ???????
NAS:-NO ONE OF ILLEGITIMATE BIRTH SHALL ENTER-
KJV: A bastard shall not enter
INT: No shall enter one the assembly of the LORD
HEB: ????????? ???????? ?????????????? ?????????????
NAS: And a mongrel race will dwell
KJV: And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod,
INT: will dwell mongrel Ashdod will cut
(As you can see a bastard can mean three different things.
1. A child born through incest,
2. A child born through illegitimate sex such as a man having sex with a witch, hore or a prostitute.
3. A child born by a heathen woman. This type of Gentile would be considered a strange woman who has not pledged her loyalty to our laws. Uriah the Hitite, and the Ethiopian wife of Moses are two good examples of Gentiles who followed our culture and laws.
(The next thing we need to do is find the definition of the word illegitimate because we have an understanding of 1 and 3. Here it is.)
Merriam Webster's Dictionary
-BORN TO A FATHER AND MOTHER WHO ARE NOT MARRIED- not allowed according to rules or laws: not reasonable or fair
(When you read about the birth of Christ. Christ would have been considered an illegitimate child IF Mary was a mistress to Joseph and Joseph did not raise Christ. Or if he did not Marry Mary.
But an Angel told Joseph not to put Mary away but to go forward with their marriage so he stayed with Mary even though she became pregnant out of wedlock. Fornication is sex out of wedlock.
In the scriptures the Pharisees tried to say that Christ was a bastard Son because they knew Joseph and Mary fornicated with each other before they came together in marriage. But they were unaware of the union of Joseph and Mary. Here is proof.)
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father.-THEN SAID THEY TO HIM- -WE BE NOT BORN OF FORNICATION- we have one Father, even God.
(Next we need to find supporting scriptures that reference this word bastard and how it is used in the scriptures.
Their are only three scriptures in the Bible that use the word Bastard. But their are other scriptures that explain and give examples of what a bastard is. Here are the two scriptures that use this word.)
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.
6 And a -BASTARD-shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye -BASTARDS,- and not sons.