I thought I'd move this subject to this location so it could be more easily referenced and to place it under the proper subject classification.
The subject includes 'what is a concubine and how does it relate to Christian marriage and Polygamy'
Literally, concubine means to ‘lie or sleep together' (L).
I’ve taken a glance at the subject through the internet and a few books of mine.
It appears that concubines were of a different class than wives . The concubine is subservient socially, and in the family.
The concubine had the right to sex with the man as well as rights of food, shelter, physical care and clothing. No other rights applied. In most ancient examples, the concubine was subservient to the wife. In other words, she had no AUTHORITY. The concubine does not have equal status with the wives.
Most concubines anciently were purchased in a manner akin to being a slave, but not in the modern sense of the word . In comparision, during this time, wives were also usually purchased from her father .
One quoted source that paints the picture of the circumstance of some concubines:
Unmarried women in ancient times were completely dependent on their family members, such as their fathers, brothers, etc. If for some reason a woman had no family members or her husband had died or divorced her, she would be left with few options for survival. Most women in ancient times were uneducated and unskilled in a trade. Providing for themselves was very difficult, and they were vulnerable to those who would prey upon them. For many women in dire situations, becoming a concubine was a much more suitable option than prostitution, homelessness, or death. At least a concubine would be provided a home and afforded a certain amount of care.
The above quote is more or less what I had described in my earlier posts of what may happen if society as we know it, ends. Due to the typical subsistence that women today have of relying on the government, women will be displaced if times get difficult. The idea of simply ‘marrying’ a woman because ‘she needs you’ may not be reasonable if she is incompatible, due to her difficult nature, with the man’s wives and children. Many women today have been educated to be quite rebellious and dysfunctionally willful.
This approach of becoming a concubine would be reasonable because it teaches the woman humility rather than automatically giving her authority to contend with the wives as an 'equal'.
I realize that this brief treatise will not be well received by most because it appears to ‘disrespect’ women. This automatic response by most is due to being incorrectly educated on subjects of character, human nature, and the concept of what harmony and a functional household really are.
Of course, those that proclaim to be Christians generally ignore their own doctrine taught in the New Testament on the position of a woman in the family unit because it personally offends them. They would rather affix themselves to the education they receive from the perverted media and television.
The doctrine of a woman being silent and submissive to her husband as taught in scripture is repulsive to just about all women today and 50% of men as well.
I have included the foregoing few paragraphs concerning the role of a wife to make the illustration of the true purpose of marriage and concubines. Marriage is a learning institution, and most don’t like that institution because it involves humility, true leadership, and functional organization
any comments? :)