[b-hebrew] concubine, was bethulah equals virgin?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Oct 14 10:00:37 EDT 2005


A concubine was considered the same as a common law wife is 
today: the same as marriage only without the formality and paper 
work. An unfaithful concubine was the same as an unfaithful wife.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shoshanna Walker" <rosewalk at concentric.net>
> Unmarried women were allowed to be concubines without being denigrated.
> There were rules there, too - the man had to support their children,
> and the woman couldn't be with another man.
> Furthermore, if an unmarried woman has a child, that child is not
> denigrated by the community, and is not considered a "mamzer"
> The unaccepted behavior, is for a MARRIED woman to be with another
> man - there was not a stigma for an unmarried woman to be with a man,
> it was acceptable if she stayed  with the same person....
> Shoshanna

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