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I have not read Boswell's book, but I have found a number of reviews of it online (1 2 3). Based on the reviews, Boswell's argument seems to be threefold. Marriage First, he points out that the definition of marriage has changed over the centuries. Even today there are different kinds of marriage. A couple can get a civil marriage (performed by a judge) or a ...


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Boswell was the first to make the case that adelphopoiesis was a form of civil union, but his study has been subject to harsh criticism since it's publication as a work that attempts to re-write history by making claims that the practice of adelphopoiesis was homosexual in nature. Adelphopoiesis (from the Greek: ἀδελφοποίησις, derived from ἀδελφός (...


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Yes adelphopoiesis could be used to join multiple persons as siblings. It was also used for children who were ether orphaned or needed to be sent abroad due to war or economic calamtities (or whatever). They would have a blessing to make them siblings and have each others backs. The most famous case is that of Photius Kasavales Fisk, who was a U.S. Navy ...


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