Abused Concubine
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Concubine A woman who is conjugally related to man but holds a secondary or inferior status to his primary wife.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Concubine [Heb. pîleg̱eš, pileg̱eš, šiddâ (Eccl. 2:8)]; AV also “musical instruments”; [Aram leḥēnâ (Dnl. 5:2f, 23)]; NEB COURTESANS. A female slave regarded as part of the Israelite family, generally designated as bearing children. She might be taken in debt or purchased from a poor Israelite
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Concubinage, Concubines
CONCUBINAGE*, CONCUBINES Practice of a man cohabiting with a woman (concubine) who is regarded only as his sexual partner or as a secondary wife in his household, of lower station than his primary wife. Concubinage was practiced in many ancient cultures, especially in Mesopotamia, where the king maintained
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
concubine, a marital associate who bore children for a man and sometimes served as a secondary wife. The Bible frequently mentions men, in the time period up to and including the monarchy, who had children by concubines in addition to the children they fathered with their wife or wives (e.g., Gen. 36:12;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CONCUBINE. Though lawfully united to a man in marriage, the concubine was a secondary type of wife and inferior to a full wife. Concubinage was a natural part of a polygamous society. The custom was recognized and regulated in the code of Hammurabi (13th cen. b.c.), and also in the laws of Moses (Ex
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CONCUBINE. The practice of concubinage was widespread in the biblical world. In Mesopotamia the husband was free to have legal sexual relations with slaves. In Assyria the husband was able to take several free-born concubines as well as his ‘veiled’ wife, although the ‘concubine’ was subject to the wife’s
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ConcubineA female whose status in relation to her sole legitimate sexual partner, a nonslave male, is something other than primary wife. Heb. pɩ̂leg̱eš seems clearly to be a word of non-Semitic origin. Consequently, attempts to compare the term with alleged parallel statuses in the cultures represented
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Concubine (Heb. pîleg̱eš.† A female slave responsible primarily for bearing children to insure continuation of the family name (e.g., Gen. 16:2–4; 30:3). Accordingly, she was regarded as a member of the family (2 Sam. 19:5; 1 Kgs. 11:3; Dan. 5:2–3) and as a legitimate avenue for succession and
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Concubine. The difference between wife and concubine was less marked among the Hebrews than among us, owing to the absence of moral stigma. The difference probably lay in the absence of the right of the bill of divorce, without which the wife could not be repudiated. With regard to the children of wife
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CONCUBINE (Heb. pı̂legesh, derivation uncertain). A secondary or inferior wife.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Concubinein the Bible denotes a female conjugally united to a man, but in a relation inferior to that of a wife. Among the early Jews, from various causes, the difference between a wife and a concubine was less marked than it would be amongst us. The concubine was a wife of secondary rank. There are
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Concubineconcubine, a marital associate of a man secondary to his wife. When barren wives such as Sarah, Leah, and Rachel gave their handmaidens as surrogates to their husbands to bear children (Gen. 16:1–3; 30:3–13), they were following a practice known from Babylonia (Code of Hammurabi, 144-145).
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