We have heard it said
It seems God acts or promises benevolent things through polygamy in stark contrast to the malevolent expectations of the traditional opponents of polygamy.
Marriage structure does not determine good or evil. Some of the worst criminals are from monogamous families.
In haste, monogamous only Christians will throw Gen.2:24 as the ultimate refutation of polygyny but please find one occasion when God used that verse against any who practiced polygyny. We think God understood that the two being one flesh was equally true of a husband and a wife and a husband with more than one wife. Jacob was one flesh with each of his wives.
But to the sons of the concubines which
When asked to name any polygamist in the Bible, God's Word, the average Christian reflects the monogamous upbringing of us all by struggling to name more than two and they never include God Himself, that thought is too much to contemplate.
Their considerations rarely include the women polygynists since they have been taught its only the fleshly perverted men who engaged in the practice.
Perhaps the women were so subjugated they were forced into it and will find mercy in the day of judgment. This of course is the conclusion from monogamy only thinking and is not the case since God actually had more than one wife Himself (Jer.31:31, Ez.23) and He loved them. God also gave more than one wife to King David and told David if he wanted more wives it could have been arranged (2Sam.12:8). God also called the future large polygynist family of Isaiah 4 holy where seven women propose to one man.
In this list you will find polygyny featured in typical redemption and in prophecy about Israel's restoration, poor God, that He had to stoop so low as to include in type and prophecy what the mislead call wickedness but which He obviously does not.
So here is a list of Bible characters who had more than one wife including those whose wives were not named but who had so many children one wife would have great difficulty bearing the total in her lifetime. Some of the men were good men, some were bad, some were God's chosen people, some were Gentiles, but they can be found in our Bibles and not once does God condemn any of them with Gen.2:24.
Jehovah Jer.31:33. Jer.3. Ez.23 (See link above)
Abdon. Judges 12:13-14
Abijah. 2Chron.13:21 (read the entire chapter please).
Abraham Gen.16:1-3 Sarai and
Hagar. Gen.25:1 Keturah
Ahab 1Kings 20:2-3
Ahasuerus Esther 1:9
Ashur 1 Chron.4:5
Ruth 2 (particularly verse 1 & 20) & Ruth 3:12
Caleb 1Chron.2:18-19, 46, 48
David 1Sam.18:27, 25:39, 43,44, 2Sam.3:3, 4-5, 13-14,
Elkanah Samuel's father. 1Sam.1:2
Gen.26:34, 28:9, 36:10
Gideon Judges 8:30-31
1:3, 3:1 (note, God uses polygyny in redemption;
Ibzan Judges 12:8-9
The Tribe (try counting the polygamists),
Gen.29:28 30:4, 9
Jair Judges 10:3-4
Jehoiachin 2 Kings 24:15
Bet the monogamy only pastors told you about
Mered 1Chron.4:17-19 (?)
Moses Ex.2:21 (18:1-6), Numb.12:1
Nahor Abraham's brother. Gen.22:20-24
Gen.38:8-9. It is assumed Onan was single but we
Saul 1Sam.14:50, 2Sam.3:7
Solomon 1Kings 11:3
Terah Gen.11:26, 20:12
The Father of 1Cor.5:1
Women Polygamists in the Bible
are too numerous to calculate. Please consider the references
above and compile this extensive list which must have numbered thousands.