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  1. John

    This is all well and good but doesnt explain 2 Samuel 12:8
    “And I gave thee thy masters house, and thy masters wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover given unto thee such and such things.”
    The implications being
    1) God GAVE David multiple wives
    2)If that wasnt enough, He wouldve given him more.
    While I cant say for sure that point 2 means that God wouldve given David more wives, I does seem to suggest it.

  2. This article begins with a mistaken premise based upon “the husband shall have his own wife and the wife shall have her own husband”.

    The english translation doesn’t have separate words to translate from the Greek of this sentence. For example: If a society only has the word “blue” to describe a certain color family and I tell them that I have a blue couch and a teal rug, they could only translate it as “he has a blue couch and a blue rug”.

    Critics of Polygyny say: The Bible says that every woman should have her OWN husband and every husband his OWN wife!

    Here I have placed the original Greek words in parenthesis after the respective word “own”.

    1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own (heautou) wife, and let every woman have her own (idios) husband.

    The Greek words for “own” in this passage have been added in brackets. In the Greek, two completely different words have been used to describe the relationship between a man and his wife, and a woman and her husband. But because of limitations in English vocabulary, both are translated as “own”. In reality, both words have very different meanings.

    Heautou refers to a person themself, or something belonging exclusively to oneself. It is almost always translated “himself”, “themselves”, or similarly. For instance, my own (heautou) leg, my own (heautou) watch.

    Idios means “pertaining to oneself”, but not necessary belonging exclusively to oneself. For instance, in Luke 2:3 we are told everyone went to “his own (idios) city” to be taxed – obviously the city did not belong exclusively to the one person, but rather many people were associated with that city, and each may call it “my own (idios) city”. However, each person was only associated with one city.

    So every man is to have his own (heatou) wife who belongs to him exclusively, and each woman is to have her own (idios) husband, who is the only husband she has, but whom she does not have exclusive possession of and may also be the husband of other women.

    The husband may say “That is my own (heautou) wife, she belongs to me and me alone”.

    The wife may say “That is my own (idios) husband, and I belong to him and him alone”.

    Additionally, in 1 Corinthians 12:11 the English translation of idios is translated as “severally”. To say that “the woman shall have her idios husband” or “several ownership” of her husband, with other wives.

    In the Greek, this verse actually shows very strong New Testament support for polygyny. Why would Paul very specifically use these two different words for “own”, that perfectly describe the relationship between men and women in polygyny, if he did not intend to allow for polygyny?

    And if Paul is specifically allowing for polygyny in this passage, then he is proposing that polygyny (like monogamy) is a solution to avoid fornication. So according to this verse, polygyny is not fornication, it is actually a wholesome solution to avoid fornication!

  3. Riz ILyas

    You got Polygamy wrong and you darn sure got Slavery wrong.

    God and Jesus very explicitly supported slavery. They never prohibited it in any way.

    It doesnt even say that god is not pleased by it but it is allowed like divorce.

    Religious revisionism is not going to work for the subject of slavery!

    The Abrahamic faiths are immoral for owning another human being much less their children born to them from being bred to another slave or even to their slave husband will always be wrong.

    If you have the courage for a real dialogue on the issue we can have at it.

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