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What are Concubines? The Bible has them in it. God's holy men had Concubines. Is this OK?

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Bigamy is sin. Both testaments condemn multiple partners, and both speak of marrying ONE wife, and Jesus also said this: "Have you not read that he which made at the beginning, made them male and female, and said, For this cause will a man leave father and mother, and will be joined to his wife: and the two will be one flesh? Wherefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not human put asunder." Mt.19:4-6. That is One wife and One husband, and adultery is sin. Please Read- Genesis 2:24+ Hb.13:4.
---Eloy on 11/10/11


andy3996:

You said: polygamy is an evil straith from hell

Can you cite chapter and verse saying this? Israel's most important patriarchs (Abraham, Jacob), and the only two good kings (David and Solomon) were all polygamous. If their practices were from hell, surely God sould have mentioned it. Otherwise, he left us only bad examples, as Abraham is held up as the epitome of faith, even in the New Testament.

Jesus condemned divorce and remarriage, but did not mention polygamy.

The question is not whether polygamy is wise, but whether the Bible forbids it, which it does not. The Bible doesn't condemn many other unwise things either. We can discourage people from doing them, but we can't say they violate God's Law.
---StrongAxe on 11/4/11


Rocky please do not pull my answers out of context for arguement sake.
Andy3996 11/4/11
You lie. I pulled nothing out of context. Please show either what you think I pulled and how it was out of context, or apologize for your lie.
Why are you evading the questions I asked in the earlier post?
Please answer those questions, withdraw your original statement, or state why you believe on your own authority that polygamy is evil and straight from hell.
11/4/11
---Rocky on 11/4/11


Andy's post is another example of a common pattern of deceitful responses. I ask simple follow-up questions to someone's post, they apparently cannot defend what they wrote, and rather than admit theyre wrong or just don't know, they choose instead to try to deceive and deflect attention by making a bogus, personal attack on me.
See three more examples on my 11/4/11 post on the "Million Year Species Development" thread. There are many more on other threads.
Why do Christians on this site so often resort to such lies and deceit?
Do some Christians think lying is OK? Or do they just not understand that they are lying. Really, why is there so much lying on this site?
11/4/11
---Rocky on 11/4/11


Rocky please do not pull my answers out of context for arguement sake.
---andy3996 on 11/4/11




\\one does not need a literal condemnation because it is obvious that those with a polygamous relation only caused troubless in the family\\

I will agree with you here. Nowhere does the Bible depict polygamy as a source of domestic harmony.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/4/11


concubines are like secondary wives they had more than one wife in the Bible a main wife and secondary wives. notfor today in our culture
---Diane_Gilland on 11/4/11


--Rhonda 11/3/11
monogamy HAS ALWAYS been original law of marriage Matt 19:5 1Cor 6:16
--Rocky 11/3/11
There is NOTHING in any of the 3 scriptures you cited that condemns or even disparages polygamy or having concubines.
--Rhonda 11/3/11
your claim it is not SPECIFICALLY identified is antichrist
So anyone who accurately points that something you say is not in the Bible is an antichrist?
Rhonda 11/4/11
slanderous because Gods Holy Word does not SPECIFICALLY say so - yet it does
Yet it does where? Cut out all the speechifying and just cite the scripture lady. Stop the arguing and show where the Bible says what you claim. Should be simple enough.
---Rocky on 11/4/11


--andy3996 11/3/11
polygamy is an evil straith from hell
--Rocky 11/4/11
Where is that written?
--andy3996 11/4/11
one does not need a literal condemnation because it is obvious that those with a polygamous relation only caused troubless in the family.
So by your reasoning anything that causes troubles in the family is an evil straight from hell. So the "terrible twos", a child with mental problems, or even one family member converting to Christianity in a non-Christian home are all evils straight from hell? In addition to things causing troubles in the family, are there any other categories of things that are not written but still straight from hell?
---Rocky on 11/4/11


Rhonda:

It is important to understand scripture in the context in which it was written - i.e. to the society that lived at that time, with the customs of that time. If we read it with modern sensibilities and within the context of the customs of our age, we will either see it as barbaric, or we will change its meaning to something quite different than what was written.

For example, today we see polygamy, concubinage, slavery, conquering nations and slaughtering women and children, etc. to be evil, while such things were common in the Bible (and, in some cases, commanded by God).
---StrongAxe on 11/4/11




\\Gods Holy Word is clear - you just have to study more
---Rhonda on 11/4/11\\

And you need to study Greek more before you make false pronouncements about nouns not having gender and there being no pronouns in it.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/4/11


Rhonda, calling concubines as they were understood in ancient times "prostituts and kept women" does not make them so ...your mislabeling them is slander, if not lying
*****

slanderous because Gods Holy Word does not SPECIFICALLY say so - yet it does

so one should cover-up reality and purpose of concubines with "words of honey" dismissing truth and MAGICALLY through worlds political "correctness" concubine becomes something else more pleasing? ...maybe why women today are proud to be a mistress duped by more pleasing wordsmith spin

many REJECT Holy Scriptures whenever they determine not enough detail to THEIR OWN LIKING

Gods Holy Word is clear - you just have to study more
---Rhonda on 11/4/11


one does not need a literal condemnation because it is obvious that those with a polygamous relation only caused troubless in the family.
Abraham, Jacob, Jeftah, David, Solomon all had problems because they did not know limits
PS it is extremely strange for someone like you to ask literal bible proof since you don't believe the bible is inerrant.
---andy3996 on 11/4/11


polygamy is an evil straith from hell,
--andy3996 11/3/11
Where is that written?
---Rocky on 11/4/11


when you IMPLY ideas to the STATED WORD of GOD that are NOT there it would be YOU who is preaching contrary to GODS WORD
--Rhonda 11/3/11
YOU HAVE IT BACKWARDS. You are the one implying ideas to the Bible not me. I was the one that asked why doesn't the Bible state it as you wrote. You are the one preaching contrary to God's word as recorded in the Bible not me.
You are condemned by your own words.
---Rocky on 11/4/11


\\He even proclaim that they were the delight of men.\\

And later in Ecclesiastes, Solomon said, "One man among a thousand I have found, but one woman among ten thousand I have not found."

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/3/11


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The wisest man who ever lived had around 300 wives and least 600 concubines.

He even proclaim that they were the delight of men.

I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, delight of the children of man.
Eccl. 2:8
---lee1538 on 11/3/11


polygamy is an evil straith from hell, do you know the first record of a polygamous relation is a descendent of Kain, the brotherslayer.
the first wife was Ada, which means "an ornament" the second was named Zilla meaning is "shadow"
a king was not to have more wives. and Jesus expresely indicated monogamy when he said from tyhe beginning it was not such. NT even advises not to marry at all, but permits one partner because of fornication. anyone saying that polygamy is good for God doesnt' know HIM
---andy3996 on 11/3/11


If "monogamy HAS ALWAYS been original law of marriage" as YOU state, why doesn't the Bible state it? And why do you preach something not from the Bible?
****

your claim it is not SPECIFICALLY identified is antichrist and EXACTLY what ancient Israel chose to do BEFORE her exile

those who want every idea spelled out specifically to THEIR LIKING rather than to STUDY proves you reject Holy Scripture

seeing you implied idea's to the Holy Scriptures I used to support GODS WORD

when you IMPLY ideas to the STATED WORD of GOD that are NOT there it would be YOU who is preaching contrary to GODS WORD
---Rhonda on 11/3/11


\\a concubine is still a prostitute - a concubine was a "kept women" ...KEPT for the physical pleasures of ONE MAN - although concubines were openly kept in times past where as a mistress in today's society is generally secretive\\

Rhonda, calling concubines as they were understood in ancient times "prostituts and kept women" does not make them so.

I'm not saying the old customs were good in themselves, but your mislabeling them is slander, if not lying, and that has NEVER been good.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/3/11


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Rocky //There is NOTHING in any of the 3 scriptures you cited that condemns or even disparages polygamy or having concubines.

I believe Jesus addressed this issue as in the beginning it was intended that one man would be joined to one woman.

Matthew 19:4-6 He answered, have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh.

(He did not say 3 or 4 or 5, ...,n as they are no longer 2 but one flesh)
---lee1538 on 11/3/11


monogamy HAS ALWAYS been original law of marriage Matt 19:5 1Cor 6:16
--Rhonda 11/3/11
There is NOTHING in any of the 3 scriptures you cited that condemns or even disparages polygamy or having concubines. Just saying that man and woman become as one flesh does not say that more than one cannot become as one flesh. If two why not three? If "monogamy HAS ALWAYS been original law of marriage" as YOU state, why doesn't the Bible state it? And why do you preach something not from the Bible?
---Rocky on 11/3/11


You evadingly refused to post them so I could not answer.
--Jed 11/2/11
There you go lying again. Every poster on this site knows you could look up the places where I had posted questions about your previous posts. Then you could have easily answer them like you said you would instead you continued to ignore them. I told you before when you asked me to relist them that I would not. I am not about to do extra work for you after you already chose not to respond to the questions I asked and instead responded with more lies and personal attacks. And YOU continue to evade responding and instead to post more lies.
---Rocky on 11/3/11


Rhonda:

Note how God and/or his prophets were always very quick to condemn adultery, murder, and other sins. Yet they did not speak against polygamy per se even when they spoke against some of the associated sins (e.g. David was condemned for adultery with Bathsheba, but not for polygamy with her).

If God was so quick to criticize sins, why did he omit criticism of polygamy, even when it was practiced open and in his face? Perhaps because he did not consider it a sin?
---StrongAxe on 11/3/11


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Can you find one place in the Bible where concubinage or polygamy is explicitly condemned by God, or implicitly condemned by being called adultery?
****

condemn? God NEVER authorized!!

Gen 2:18,24 "...I will make him an help meet for him." "...they shall be one flesh." - very clear GOD never approved adultery in any FORM ...only those who reject GOD need proof GOD "labeled" polygamy as adultery dismissing Gen 2:18,24 just as ancient Israel did

INTERESTING TO NOTE no instances of polygamy during or after captivity - GODS punishment has a way of correcting what man believes is right in his own eyes

monogamy HAS ALWAYS been original law of marriage Matt 19:5 1Cor 6:16
---Rhonda on 11/3/11


Concubines really did not benefit King Solomon as much as he originally thought it would.

I got singers, both men and women and many concubines the delight of the children of man....Then I considered all tht my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold all was vanity and a striving after wind and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
---lee1538 on 11/3/11


candice, "concubine" had a specific meaning in ancient societies. It did not mean "other women on the side" as you are saying.

Rocky, I too saw where Eloy said he was leaving these blogs.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/3/11


candice:

You said: Concubines are todays mistresses or "other women".To God it is not ok.

Can you find one place in the Bible where concubinage or polygamy is explicitly condemned by God, or implicitly condemned by being called adultery?

Several Biblical leaders (Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, etc.) had multiple wives and/or concubines, and some were condemned for related issues. Abrahman jumped the gun on God's promise. David took Bathsheba while she was married to Uriah, and had him killed to cover it up. Solomon let his wives sway him to idolatry.

But none of them were condemned for having multiple women per se.
---StrongAxe on 11/3/11


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Concubines are todays mistresses or "other women".To God it is not ok.
*****

a concubine is still a prostitute - a concubine was a "kept women" ...KEPT for the physical pleasures of ONE MAN - although concubines were openly kept in times past where as a mistress in today's society is generally secretive

there are no Scriptures that allude to or imply concubines were "okay" with GOD

the label of concubine or mistress may sound pleasing yet the package is still the same - a prostitute
---Rhonda on 11/3/11


Concubines are todays mistresses or "other women".To God it is not ok. however there are couples that say open marriage is ok with them, but this doesn't make it right.
---candice on 11/2/11


Or when you said you would respond to the numerous questions I had asked of you on many different posts, then never did. Kind of like that I would guess.
---Rocky on 11/2/11

No, that's a lie. I said I must have missed the questions and asked you to repost them and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. You evadingly refused to post them so I could not answer. You twist everything. Are you going to try to hijack this thread with your lies too?
---Jed on 11/2/11


BTW, I though I read on one thread that you were leaving us?
--Jed 11/2/11
It must have been like the post you wrote saying that you would not respond to any more of my posts, but then you did many times. Or when you said you would respond to the numerous questions I had asked of you on many different posts, then never did. Kind of like that I would guess.
---Rocky on 11/2/11


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Eloy:

Twice here you have said 'concubine' means 'maidfriend'. This contradicts the definition in all dictionaries, and it seems to be a definition that only you in all the world believe. Can you show that anyone else now, or ever, believes or has believed that this definition is true? I am asking you for the second time to corroborate this unusual definition of the word. If you do not do so, how do expect anyone to take it seriously?
---StrongAxe on 11/2/11


atherine, "concubine" is an old english word for "maidfriend", it does not mean a romantic lover. There is nothing wrong with having maidfriends.
---Eloy on 11/2/11

Eloy, this is absolutely incorrect. It has long been understood that a concubine is a romantic lover with wich one shares a sexual relationship. Some middle eastern societies still have concubines and they serve the same purpose as they did in the Bible days. BTW, I though I read on one thread that you were leaving us?
---Jed on 11/2/11


In the OT, the word the KJV renders as "concubine" comes from an Aramaic word meaning "half-wife".

The big difference between an OT concubine and wife is that a concubine did NOT have a marriage contract or bring a dowry.

Treaties in ancient times were frequently sealed by a king or prince taking a wife or concubine from another royal house.

There is no evidence that concubines in ancient societies were "maid friends".

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/2/11


atherine, "concubine" is an old english word for "maidfriend", it does not mean a romantic lover. There is nothing wrong with having maidfriends.
---Eloy on 11/2/11


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Eloy:

I DO accept the truth. I find truth in places where there are two or more witnesses to attest to it. I even accept it from you, on those occasions when you provide it.

Unfortunately, in many cases, you make statements that differ from the truth that everyone else knows, and such statements are not corroborated by anyone else. When I ask you to provide such corroboration, you never do.

Truth is established by 2-3 witnesses, not by one.

I don't even accept it from myself without corroboration. There are many things I am sure are in the Bible, but if I can't find them, I don't post them.
---StrongAxe on 11/2/11


strongax, accept truth, and be blessed.
---Eloy on 11/1/11


Eloy:

English "concubine" comes from Latin "concubina", from "con" (with) + "cubare" (to lie). I.e. to lie together. In ancient Rome, "concubinium" was a lesser form of marriage available to the lower classes (as opposed to "connubium" which was for the upper classes only).

Can you show any references where it means maidfriend in a non-romantic/non-sexual context?
---StrongAxe on 11/1/11


"concubine" is an old english word for "maidfriend", it does not mean a romantic lover. There is nothing wrong with having maidfriends.
---Eloy on 11/1/11


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There are great resources on concubinage:

see on Amazon:
Thelypthora(in 3 vols.)written in the 18c

A Dialog on Polygamy by Bernardino Ochino, a monk from the Middle Ages

After Polygamy was made a Sin

Hagar: Or Scripture Facts Concerning Marriage,... Concubinage(1881)

These are just a few books written to hold you for years, it'll take this long to see clearly through the web of confusion & lies the Church believed since the rise of "Holy" Rome. Many things were revisited by Martin Luther (who advocated bigamy at times) saying that in the Bible, you are still marrying her.
---john on 10/30/11


A man who took them into his home provided their material needs and kept them from promiscuity.... And he was, in fact, ensuring their safety and well-being, as well as their reputations.

It's a situation unimaginable to 21st century Christians.
---Donna66 on 12/27/10

I like your post on this. It sheds light on this practice. It seems that they keep the same concubines for life which goes along with what you said. Then there seems to cases where unrighteous men took advantage of this social welfare system and just gathered up harems. Not sure.
---John on 12/29/10


Wordonly-- Nobody disagrees with Prov.31. But women were expected to be married or under the protection of a male relative...even if they earned money of their own. What happened to them if they had no protector?. What if they didn't have the means to buy a field... Or the skill to produce marketable items?
---Donna66 on 12/27/10


Mary, Donna:
Please read proverbs 31

Women forced into prostitute? Into being concubines? Primitive Social welfare system?

Lets read the bible about a good woman.

I think even women back then were good enough for:


Pro 31:14 She is like the merchant-ships, She bringeth her bread from afar.


Pro 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it, With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.


Pro 31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.

Please read the bible and not the teaching of men/women.
---Wordonly on 12/27/10


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The acquisition of concubines in Bible days served as a primitive social welfare system. Single women (widows or single women without male relatives to protect them) were not as able to be self-supporting as women today. Without education or marketable skills they often ended up in prostitution.

A man who took them into his home provided their material needs and kept them from promiscuity. Thus, a man of wealth could could support a number of concubines. And he was, in fact, ensuring their safety and well-being, as well as their reputations.

It's a situation unimaginable to 21st century Christians.
---Donna66 on 12/27/10


Thanks Cluny for that info.
---John on 12/24/10


\\Wouldn't a concubine be like a mistress or high paid call girl?\\

No. As I said earlier, the Hebrew word most English Bibles translate as "concubine" means "half-wife."

Marriage properly considered (coniubium) in Roman times was permitted ONLY among and between certain social classes. A man of a higher class could not have "coniubium" with a woman from a lower class, "concubinium" was all that was allowed.

The "concubina" had a lower status than an "uxor" (wife), but it was legally recognized and socially respected.

\\Even lawyers steal widows houses dont they????\\

Better to steal the house than steal the widow and add her to your harem, no?
---Cluny on 12/23/10


Wouldn't a concubine be like a mistress or high paid call girl? I mean some of these King's had hundreds of them, but it wasn't considered adultery was it????? These men of the Bible steal assets from women and then hold them in sexual slavery or throw them on the street with nothing. Even lawyers steal widows houses dont they????
---tonne on 12/23/10


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kevin:

polygyny is having more than one wife.
polyandry is having more than one husband.
polygamy includes both of these.

The Old Testament generally permitted polygyny (but not polyandry). The New Testment is generally silent on the subject.

Both polygyny and polyandry are illegal by U.S. law. In fact, the Mormon church had to change their doctrines to forbid polygyny in order to allow Utah to enter the union.
---StrongAxe on 11/25/10


I don't like it myself but in those days women couldn't just go get a job so this was taking care of women that otherwise would be starving or forced to prostitute. A necessary evil I guess.
---Mary on 11/8/10


I believe concubines had a much different meaning in those days. They seemed to be wives but of a lesser standing than "Wife" they were part of the family and had a different rank. I believe David had 10 + his wives. I don't think it was something only sexual. I think they were family.

I admit my knowledge on this practice is very limited.

There must be someone who did the research on this cultural practice. If anyone knows of such a book or research. I'd be interested, Perhaps someone on CN who knows about this can post. Cluny seems to have a good historical/cultural perspective.

We are looking at this we 21st century eyes and have little or no clue. We certainly cannot Judge it, since we are ignorant of it.
---JOHN on 11/7/10


Today, a reasonable interpretation would be a woman that willingly participates in sexual relations with a man that is married to another woman. This is a sinful relationship that makes the participants unworthy of entering the kingdom of God. It is not okay. It never was okay. Repentance would be necessary in order to ever enter God's realm. As for God's holy men, they were all sinners like any other human being. They too would have had to work out their repentance with God if they ever were to be allowed into heaven. Only Christ, our Messiah, gave us the perfect example. He had no concubines and told us not to commit adultery. As Christians, we are to follow Christ, therefore, look to Christ's words and testament for what is right.
---Syvannah on 11/7/10


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Bigamy is having more than one wife
Polyandry is having more than one husband.
Contrary to popular opinion a bigamist is not a large Italian fog!
---1st_cliff on 10/24/10


isn't it ironic that in the U.S.A. polygamy(having of more than one husband) is illegal,however polygyny(the having of more than one wife) is not :)
---kevin on 10/23/10


With 700 wives and 300 concubines all Solomon had to do was open the door to the harem and say "Hey, anybody here doesn't have a headache?"
---1st_cliff on 10/21/10


\\Cluny, by the time of the Monarchy in Israel, the practice of keeping concubines became a privilege of kings, only\\

Not true. Those who could afford them were permitted to, but they had to have all the material advantages of lawful wives.
---Cluny on 10/20/10


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I forgot to mention, in my discussion of calchs, that the Hebrew word rendered "concubine" in most English Bibles comes from a related Aramaic word meaning "half-wife".

As far as Solomon's multiple wives and concubines, this was how alliances and treaties were often sealed in ancient cultures. A scene cut out from the epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS has Moses actually being married to Princess Tarbis of Ethiopia as part of the treaty with Egypt.

This is playing with history only slightly, as Moses did later take an Ethiopian wife.
---Cluny on 10/20/10


Cluny, by the time of the Monarchy in Israel, the practice of keeping concubines became a privilege of kings, only. Most of Solomon's concubines were foreign women. They led to Solomon's downfall, because they brought their pagan religions, which introduced idolatry into the land [1 Kings 11:1-13, Neh. 13:25-27].... Note: monarch--a person ruling, usually by a hereditary right and for his lifetime, and invested with either absolute or constitutional power.
---catherine on 10/20/10


Catherine, Wow, Solomon must have been one very busy guy...maybe there was something in the water he drank...I jest.
---Eloy on 10/19/10


\\ "concubine" is better translated "maidfriend" in the scriptures, and also many times "wives" (Heb: ishshah, woman) is better translated "ladies",\\

Compound words, and especially their calchs, frequently have meanings beyond the sum of their parts.

For example, "lady killer" in common speech is neither a lady who kills nor someone who kills ladies, but rather a man who is able to charm most women to their disadvantage.

But, of course, philologists and students of languages know this.
---Cluny on 10/20/10


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Concubine===A wife of lower status [usually a slave] than a primary wife....Now, Solomon took this practice to extreme, having 300 concubines, and he also had 700 Royal wives. Now, you have to know that Solomon only saw a few. [1 Kings 11:3] Although concubines were not explicitly prohibited, in Genesis monogamous marriage was set forth as the biblical pattern [Genesis 2:24 and Mark 10:6-9].
---catherine on 10/19/10


catherine, I researched these hebrew words before: "concubine" is better translated "maidfriend" in the scriptures, and also many times "wives" (Heb: ishshah, woman) is better translated "ladies", thus "wife" in the scriptures sometimes is "mate", not necessarily married.
---Eloy on 10/19/10


Ancient cultures permitted not only polygamy, but having concubines.

However, by and large this practice had stopped among Greeks, Romans, and Jews by the time of Christ.
---Cluny on 10/19/10


Concubines are female porcupines...I jest.
---Eloy on 10/19/10


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Candice,
Was Rachel an "extra wife"? If so was Jacob an adulterer?
---AG on 10/19/10


From what I see a concubine is a wife of no honor. I believe that Abraham's second wife was called a concubine.
I see the concubine, or wife of no honor being us Gentiles. The ones that have been given grace to be the bride of Christ even though salvation is of the Jews as Jesus said.
To me this bears witness to how we as Gentiles should not boast against the branches as Paul put it, thinking we can do things the Jews couldn't.
It's only by the grace of God whereby he caused a partial blinding that we might be grafted in.
While I have to say that I do not have an abundance of scripture for this, an Iranian friend told me what a concubine is and it seems to fit.
---Frank on 10/19/10


I think that what you ask your freind Conc when you realize you left your wallet at home while standing in the fast food line....
Concubine?
---micha9344 on 10/18/10


My favorite subject in all the Bible! Concubines: It was lawfully permitted, does not mean that you can go out and gather up 100 + although, with all the other junk that's out there, I am surprise! Concubines was a common practice during the Patriarchal period in Israel's history....The law of Moses also recognized the rights of concubines and guarded them from inhumane and callous treatment.===we cannot even protect one wife from an abusive husband.
---catherine on 10/18/10


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I thought they were what farmers used during harvest! ,-)
---Steve on 10/18/10


It depends on the context. Among the Romans, a CONCUBINA was a woman of a lower social class than the man who because of the difference in castes was forbidden to marry her and make her his UXOR (wife).

It was a legally recognized relationship, and the CONCUBINA had a socially respected status, though not as high as an UXOR. A man could not have an UXOR and CONCUBINA at the same time in Roman law.

I think you will find "concubine" used in the OT with an analagous meaning.
---Cluny on 10/18/10


this is another word for "extra wife" "adultry" "mistress". no not ok.
---candice on 10/18/10


A concubine can be a woman who belongs to a married man and lives with him and his wife, in order to serve him as a sexual companion and maybe help him bear children, in addition to his sexual sharing with his wife and the children he has with his wife. If a culture accepts this arrangement, this is not considered adultery.

Each concubine has feelings and a personality. So, there is more or less social and personal involvement that a concubine has with the man and his wife. The wife, might consider herself to be eased from doing as much as she might be expected to do if she did not have concubines. So, it might not be a problem for her.

I think God can satisfy me, in my *heart*, with one woman (c:
---Bill on 10/18/10


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concubine

noun
1. a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married, esp. one regarded as socially or sexually subservient, mistress.
2. (among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank.
3. (esp. formerly in Muslim societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan, for sexual purposes.

Mammalogy was not a requirement of Judaism, many Jews were but it was no a liturgical requirement and some Jews of wealth and position often had multiple wives and it was perfectly Biblical as women were considered property.
---blogger9211 on 10/18/10


Although it was practiced, and even approved, in the Old Testament covenant, it is condemned in the New Testament and the writings of the Early Church Fathers. The Church doesn't approve of it.

"But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."(Matthew 10:6-9).

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 10/18/10


Concubines are cousins to porcupines! Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
---KarenD on 10/18/10


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