Old Testament Marital Relationships: Why was Polygamy Allowed?


Talk about alternative marriages!  Polygamy!   Why could Old Testament era men have two of more wives? (But, women couldn’t have more than one husband. Why was that?) Solomon had 700 wives! Do you know the reasons God allowed polygamy to challenge monogamy as a viable alternative to marriage relationships? Why were God’s people allowed to indulge polygamy among the covenant people? What was the fallout from the practice?

There were other marital issues in the Old Testament economy as well. Why could a man “go in unto his brother’s wife” if his brother passed away without leaving a child for his wife? And, why could Sarah “give” her husband another wife (Hagar) for the sake of a male heir?

This “Quick Read” e-book is designed to make clear the principles surrounding this ethic, while showing why it was allowed in the first place, and why today, God’s people may not repeat those same principles! Take this opportunity to get at the heart of this issue… and answer the questions so many still ask!  Order this e-book and answer the question, “Why Polygamy?”


This book is not intended nor is it to be interpreted as offering legal advice concerning marriage, family, divorce, remarriage or any other legality which any person may address. This book handles a BIBLICAL approach to those and related subjects. The author is in no way attempting to advise or offer counsel concerning any legality in today’s legal milieu. Everyone has a different situation and marriage and divorce laws vary from state to state, so competent legal counsel should be sought in dealing with the legalities of our society which may affect you.

The examples set forth represent the personal experience of the author and are presented for no other purpose.

For your spiritual counsel, you may wish to see your pastor and the ruling elders of a church where the Word of God is honored for what it is: the inerrant and inspired Word of the Triune God. Other counsel may be appropriate for individuals depending upon circumstances. Each person must do his or her due diligence.

The sole purpose of this book is to offer Biblical commentary upon a variety of topics. Those topics include marriage, family, divorce, remarriage. Of course, biblical commentary will speak in terms of current conditions, but only on the assumption that the goal is to stimulate discussion and public reform and is not to be used to represent advice for anyone facing legal difficulties. Again, seek competent legal counsel for all of your legal needs.


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