The Demographics of Exile

 

Good article from Peter Leithart that touches on themes related to Dr. Scaer's presentation on contraception at the conference this fall. Excerpt below:

"When Israel was deported to Babylonian exile, it would have been natural for Israelites to reason that they ought to limit the size of their families and wait for a return to the land...Jeremiah's instructions were the opposite. In a letter to exiles (Jeremiah 29), he told them to “build houses and live; plant gardens, and eat their produce. Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do no decrease” (vv. 5-6). Like Israel in Egypt, Israel in Babylon is to be “fruitful and increase greatly and multiply, and become exceedingly mighty, so that the land is filled with them” (Exodus 1:7)."