Many have acknowledged the acceptance of polygamy in the Old Testament, but what does the New Testament say about the practice? Is there any teaching in either Testament that the form of polygamy referred to as polygyny is a sin for believers to practice? Covers every controversial text and much more. 313 pages, paperback. Also available at Amazon. Click here to read the reviews.
Jason Melendez –
“They Shall Become One Flesh” is a captivating and mind-blowing book that explores the controversial topic of Polygyny. William Bell’s extensive research on this matter surpassed all expectations, and his detailed breakdown of Hebrew and Greek words left no doubt about the topic. The book also sheds light on the Catholic Church’s role in promoting monogamous marriages and renaming the Middle East from Africa in modern times, which was surprising and fascinating. I couldn’t put the book down and learned a lot about marriage that has changed my perspective. I highly recommend this book and rate it 5 out of 5 stars or even a 10 if possible.
Elvin Chandler –
Is Polygyny a Sin, is polygyny beneficial, why are plural marriages taboo, is polygyny about men fulfilling their lustful desires…..all these questions and more were answered in this one book. There is so much information between the front and back cover of this book that it’s like a mini encyclopedia of knowledge dealing with polygyny! The information switches between scripture, secular historical facts, statistics, and beyond showing Dr. Bell took his time gathering and producing concise information. He answered every scriptural objective I and many more had and demonstrated the benefits of this ancient practice modernly. Everyone that has a question about polygyny should get this book, I even believe it should be taught in school!
Paul Rogers –
“They Shall Become One Flesh. Is Polygyny a Sin?” is an intriguing and thought-provoking book that delves into the topic of polygyny, challenging conventional perspectives on marriage and examining the historical and cultural context of this practice. The author presents a compelling argument in favor of polygyny as an accepted and in my opinion an original form of marriage, offering fresh insights into the notion of a “wife” as a corporate term.
The book takes a comprehensive approach, combining theological, historical, and sociocultural analyses to shed light on the subject matter. Through meticulous research and a balanced tone, the author builds a compelling case for polygyny as a valid form of marital arrangement. By revisiting ancient texts and scriptures, the book explores the original intent behind the institution of marriage and challenges common misconceptions surrounding polygamy.
One of the most compelling aspects of the book is its exploration of the term “wife” as a corporate concept. The author argues that in many traditional societies, the term “wife” was not limited to a singular individual, but rather encompassed a collective identity within a polygynous structure. This perspective challenges readers to reconsider their preconceived notions and view marriage through a different lens.
The book’s strength lies in its ability to present a well-researched and balanced perspective. The author acknowledges the criticisms and controversies surrounding polygyny, addressing them with nuance and addressing potential ethical concerns. By doing so, the book encourages readers to engage in critical thinking and self-reflection, rather than simply presenting a one-sided argument.