Bible Polygyny

And Judah acknowledged them, and said,
She has been more righteous than I have, because I did not give her to my son Shelah.
And he never knew her again. Gen.38:26.

 

The reader should read Genesis 38 and note the genealogy of our Lord Christ in Matthew 1:3 and Luke 3:33.

The claim polygyny was the "permissive" will of God has to be rejected for what it is, another feeble attempt to refute that which the Lord has never refuted or condemned. In this story of Judah, we find Judah acknowledging the righteousness of his daughter in law.

Judah should have provided her another son to raise up seed to his brother Er;
Gen 38:8 And Judah said to Onan, Go in to your brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother.

Onan failed and was killed by the Lord and Judah asked Tamar to return to her father's house until Judah's third son, Shelah, was old enough to raise up seed to his brother, Er. Please note this did not exclude Shelah from having his own wife and family heir. A brother who took his brother's wife was not excluded from having his own family. Remember, the brother's role was to raise up seed for his dead brother, so the child born would take the dead brother's inheritance, not his natural father's inheritance.

Eventually Tamar understood her father in law had not provided Shelah and was coming to town. She played the harlot to receive what was rightfully hers and Judah fathered twins. Judah had to acknowledge that he had failed to provide his son;
Gen 38:26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She has been more righteous than I have, because I did not give her to my son Shelah. And he never knew her again.

This incident is before the Law but later in the Law God confirmed and embedded levirate polygyny. Polygyny is the means whereby lost inheritance, lost through death and debt, is restored by the kinsman redeemer.

Polygamy is part of the redemption picture. The "seed of the woman" came through a Gentile woman who was assured of a husband by the command of polygamy. Polygyny is not "permitted", it is commanded and our Lord descended through polygamous families.


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