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  •  The concubine may function as wife (0+ / 0-)

    but doesn't have the status.

    In the case of Sarai/Sarah who is Abram/Abraham's sister wife/concubine, she seems to have gone with other men as an escort/prostitute/whore/token of hospitality in the case of the Egyptian nobels, and Abimelech certainly, and the "angels" who visit her in her tent to get her with child procreate with her in the same way the virgin Mary, wife of Joseph procreates.

    Hagar is essentially promoted from handmaiden to second wife when she bears Ishmael and Sarah regains her status as first wife by producing Issac. According to the story neither child necessarily comes from Abram/Abraham as Hagar may have already been pregnant when she joined up with them in Egypt.

    We might easily consider the men who have sex with women to whom they are not married adulterers rather than husbands or those whose wives are inseminated and  have children with other men cuckolds if you prefer, but for the times and places that come before Moses and his invention of religion I'd consider them spouses.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:58:55 AM PDT

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    •  In the those times and places, a "wife" was still (0+ / 0-)

      property.

      And "she seems to have gone with other men"?  Nice, that implication that the woman was perfectly happy to be handed over to whatever man her husband want to impress, placate or deceive.  (I seem to remember Abram passing his wife off as his sister. Coward!)

      I seriously doubt that "she" whether wife, concubine or slave, ever had much of a choice.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:33:39 PM PDT

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