From: Ben Crick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 17 1998 - 20:53:13 EST
On Tue 17 Feb 98 (08:36:16), email@example.com wrote:
> How may of you pastors question potential members about how many wives
> they have? (As is now standard in our Kenyan mission churches!)
We get a similar problem with refugee families arriving in the UK. The senior
wife is then deemed the husband's official "wife"; the others are deemed to be
dependent adult family members.
Unless in Kenya there are far more than 50% women in the population, it is
impossible for every man to have more than one wife. This can only be the
privilege of the chiefs or the well-to-do. Even in Moslem lands, each man can
only have 4 wives if the women outnumber the men 4:1 !
I suppose that the "putting away" of the supernumary wives would only be
necessary if the man concerned was a candidate for the Christian Ministry.
But Bret: we'd better stop this, or we'll be in trouble from the b-greek FAQ
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <firstname.lastname@example.org> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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