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This Debate Between Black Polygamy And Christian Monogamy Is Heating Up

Before I argue for polygamy, a brief history of monogamy is needed.

A Brief History of Monogamy

Many Christians will point to the Bible’s Adam and Eve as the standard for monogamy. After all, God gave Adam only one wife, right? Unfortunately, the Bible may have been inspired by the word of God, but it has been manipulated over the generations by so-called “holy men” to control the masses.

You see, back in the early days of Christianity, the illiterate masses couldn’t read the Bible for themselves. These believers had no choice but to take the word of priests and the Pope at face value. These priests and Popes distorted the word of God is some pretty extreme ways, particularly when it came to marital relationships. In the Middle Ages, it was common for Catholic priests to have multiple wives and even mistresses. This presented a problem for the church: when a priest died, rather than his inheritance going back to the church, it was distributed to his many wives, mistresses, and children. To protect the church’s inheritance, Pope Benedict VIII banned all marriage for priests in 1022 AD. Later, in 1139, Pope Innocent II voided all marriages of priests, and new priests had to divorce their wives. All of this was done for the sole purpose of protecting the money and property of the church.

With priests forced into celibacy, sexual abstinence was held up as the new standard for holiness. Sex became unclean and sinful. Marriage was considered a necessary evil that helped guard men against fornication (yea, right) , but was restricted to monogamous relationships. Thus, we can see how the concept of monogamy arose from manipulation at the hands of the early Christian church.

This isnt an attack on the church, but it is an attack on the men who manipulated it for their own prosperity.

The form of monogamous Christianity that we practice today is a ROMANIZED version, as opposed to the Hebraic (Hebrew) version of Christianity that was openly polygamous. When the early Christian church separated from and renounced the Jews, the way of the patriarchal Hebrew founders were also renounced – thus, so was Biblical polygamy.

To conclude, the early Christian Hebrew traditions were polygamous, and monogamy was introduced to spite Jewish traditions and to protect the Church’s money. 

To prove this, lets look at some Biblical Scriptures that reveal the Hebraic view of the subject:

Polygamy in the Bible

· Lamech had two wives, Adah and Zillah (Genesis 4:19), Esau had five wives, Judith and Basemath (Genesis 26:34), Mahalath (Genesis 28:9), Jacob had four wives, Leah (Genesis 29:23), Rachel (Genesis 29:28), Bilhah (Genesis 30:4), and Zilpah (Genesis 30:9). David had several wives, including Micah (1 Samuel 18:27), Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacah, Haggith, Abital and Eglah (2 Samuel 3:2-5)

· Exodus 21:10-11 – If he take him another [wife]; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money. (Note: Read Exodus 21:7-11 to get the full context).  In this scripture, YAH deals with a man, who has married his servant. Specifically, YAH say, if that man marries another wife after the servant, he is not to diminish his first wife’s food, clothing or marital rights. More importantly, the scripture shows the YAH not only permitted polygyny, but also gave laws governing multiple wives.

· Deuteronomy 25:5 – “If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto her.” In this passage, YAH commands a living brother to marry his deceased’s brother’s wife, if the deceased brother dies without living children or a son.The marriage status of the living brother is not addressed; therefore, we do not know if this brother is already married or not. He could be single, but he could also be married. Regardless, he is required to marry his deceased brother’s wife and in verses 6 it says that any firstborn of this marriage is to inherit and be named after the deceased brother. (The purpose of this law was to keep land in the family and to protect young widows of child-bearing age.) Thus, we have a command from YAH allowing a man to engage in polygyny.

· Deuteronomy 21:15-17 – “If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, [both] the beloved and the hated; and [if] the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit [that] which he hath, [that] he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, [which is indeed] the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated [for] the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he [is] the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn [is] his.” This law does NOT condemn the man who has two wives. Rather, it instructs him on how he is to deal with the children born from his two wives.

· Leviticus 18:18 – “Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex [her], to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life [time].” In the scripture, YAH forbids a man to marry his wife’s sister, while his wife is alive

So if the Bible provides guidance concerning multiple or plural wives, then why has having multiple wives become such a sensitive cultural issue in a Christian based society? Why arent more of us exploring polygamy as an option for building strong Black families?