Re: Married Only Once

From: Lemuel G. Abarte (
Date: Fri Feb 26 1999 - 17:54:05 EST

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<P>It seems the issue here is digamy. At least that may be what Cary Perdue
suggests based on 5:9. </P>

<P>It is also repeated in 3:12.

<P>The questions are: Was Paul referring to the status of pastors and deacons
in a different light than widows? That is, they should not be polygamous in the
technical sense of marriage according to the civil laws of SPQR but that
divorcees should be included as acceptable? Does this rule apply for widows?
But why would Paul &quot;honor widows who are widows indeed&quot; and encourage
younger widows to marry?

<P>Or, is this rather a cultural injunction?

<P>A recent convert in Thailand has 2 wives. He has 2 kids from the first wife,
and 2 kids from the second wife. They all live in the same house, and unlike in
other cultures where world war 3 is the order of the day, this man has his
family in perfect harmony.

<P>Unlike adulterous marriages, where a man may have left his first wife and
family, and not allowed to return, in my understanding of Biblical principles,
should this man keep his 2 wives, since he was converted at the time he has 2
families at the same time?

<P>Perhaps this subject is foreign to B-Greek as an issue, but it seems that the
culture in the time of Paul is quite remote as well.


<P>Lemuel </P>
<B>From: </B>Jonathan Robie &lt;;<BR>
<B>To: </B>Biblical Greek &lt;;<BR>
<B>Date: </B>Friday, February 26, 1999 1:06 AM<BR>
<B>Subject: </B>Re: Married Only Once<BR>
<HTML><BODY><FONT size=2>Since some people seemed to be interested, the
polyandrous society I was<BR>
thinking of was the Nyinba people of Nepal, a Tibetan tribe. Here's a link<BR>
to a paper a student wrote, based on the work of Levine (which is what we<BR>
had read in the anthropology class):<BR>
The Ladakh also seem to be polyandrous, and this page is better written and<BR>
has nice pictures:<BR>
The Loba also seem to be polyandrous:<BR>
A list on a web page says the Yodi and the Nayar are also polyandrous. I<BR>
was unable to find any reference to polyandry in urban America.<BR>
Jonathan Robie <A
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