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The Problem with Polygamy

The Problem with Polygamy

Polygamy or Monogamy? Which is really best for Torah Observant Followers of Yahshua?

 

“Polygamy” defined:

noun

1.the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especially wife, at one time.

Compare bigamy (def 1), monogamy (def 1).

2.Zoology. the habit or system of mating with more than one individual, either simultaneously or successively.

 

“Polygyny” defined:

noun

1.the practice or condition of having more than one wife at one time.

2.(among male animals) the habit or system of having two or more mates, either simultaneously or successively.

3.(among social insects) the condition of having two or more functioning queens in a colony.

“Polyandry” defined:

noun

1.the practice or condition of having more than one husband at one time.

Compare monandry (def 1).

2.(among female animals) the habit or system of having two or more mates, either simultaneously or successively.

The above definitions are taken from http://dictionary.com

 

polygamy or monogamy

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The Problem with Polygyny

 

Have you ever wondered why women and men struggle in marriages so much?  Is it pride?  Is it power struggles?  Is it popular media? Perhaps it is polygamy, or more specifically polygyny:  the belief that men can join themselves to more than one woman at once.  Polygyny is an old institution in human history, even more so than the overarching term “polygamy”.  This could be because polygamy also includes polyandry, which does not seem to be an issue for Torah Observant culture, as there are no examples of it in the Tanakh.

Yet although polygyny has been pervasive in many cultures and in many times in history, it is not the best arrangement for Torah Observant societies.  If you are interested in finding out why, please join us in reading:  “On the Error of Polygyny” by Tamar Yael BatYah.

You can click on the link above or the writing can be accessed here:

https://independent.academia.edu/TamarBatYah

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Tamar Yael (Melinda Scott) is a Torah Scholar from the State of Virginia in the United States. She is the author of several works on Torah including "Seven Theses Against American Bible Based Messianic Religions" and "Gender Equality in Torah". She has also studied Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources at George Mason University.

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