Additionally some early Christian legends, such as the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, embroider the life of Mary, mother of Jesus with accounts including Mary (and even Joseph Although a pregnancy on its own does not exclude the possibility that a married woman may have become pregnant to her lawful husband, presumably pregnancy was an indication of adultery if the husband claimed (truthfully or not) that there had been no circumstance under which she could have been impregananted by him.However, presuming the husband is being truthful as to his non-participation in conception, pregnancy due to non-consensual rape (as opposed to consensual adultery) is not taken into consideration./ סוטה) is a woman suspected of adultery who undergoes the ordeal of bitter water or ordeal of jealousy as described and prescribed in the Priestly Code, in the Book of Numbers, the fourth book of the Hebrew Bible.The term "Sotah" itself is not found in the Hebrew Bible but is Mishnaic Hebrew based on the verse "if she has strayed" (verb: שטה satah) in Numbers .
This is not to be confused with the Deuteronomic Code, which pertains to when a man accuses his wife of pre-marital sex; when accusation is disproven, the husband is to be fined, and is no longer to have the right of divorcing the wife (Deuteronomy -19) There is more reason to fine and whip the man who accuses his wife of pre-marital sex than the husband of the sotah woman.
The man who accuses his wife of pre-marital sex has no proof about his wife when he accuses her, whereas by a Sotah woman, the husband initially warned her not to seclude herself with a particular man, which she thereafter did.
Therefore, whether she is innocent of the accusation of adultery or not, she still has caused reasonable suspicion in the eyes of her husband.
If she then secluded herself with the man, since we have not now the water for the suspected woman to test her, the husband forbids her to himself for all time.
Although, as with later Judaism, the actual ordeal was not practiced in Christianity it was referenced by Christian writers through the ages in relation to both the subject of adultery, and also the wider practice of trial by ordeal.