Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
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22-11-2014, 10:33 PM
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
Whoever wrote those passages clearly never had a single wife, let alone more than one... Drinking Beverage

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24-11-2014, 01:53 AM
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
(22-11-2014 08:21 PM)Mage The Entertainer Wrote:  I read somewhere that the human mind can only handle having a relationship with about 200 people at one time max (and in this case relationship is defined as a friend, close family member, girlfriend, wife, acquaintance, co worker etc...) so a human would not even have the mental capacity to handle a relationship with that many women, let alone maintain status as king with that all the diplomatic relationships that type of job would entail. And even if that many women is just for a sex thing, I honestly don't even see how he could keep track of which ones he has and has not fucked and he very likely would die before he honestly got sexually bored with the first 100.

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24-11-2014, 03:37 AM
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
How have I not heard of this Betty?!?! That video was fantastic.


As for the wives and concubines, I doubt it could be all that fulfilling even if it were true. It takes time and effort to discover what makes your partner tick and then make that.. erm... bomb explode.

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24-11-2014, 09:50 AM (This post was last modified: 24-11-2014 10:59 AM by docskeptic.)
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
(22-11-2014 07:28 AM)Learner Wrote:  Regardless of whether Solomon ever existed as a historical person, would it even be historically plausible that a king of a small nation like Israel to have this many wives? I know kings would often marry daughters of other kingdoms, but that would be a LOT of other kingdoms. Were there any kings that had this many wives in antiquity? With this many wives vs concubines, it makes me wonder what the hell the difference is between a wife and concubine in that story.

Well, this was the same Solomon of which the Bible says in 1 Kings 4:26 "And Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen." That's a whole lotta horses.

To be fair though, in 2 Chron. 9:2 the Bible says "Now Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem."

Here's one of those parallel passages of which one of our resident theists is so proud of because it apparently bolsters the authenticity of the Bible. His argument is that because there is a discrepancy between the two accounts, it proves that there was no collusion between the authors!

In any case, a king who could afford to keep 40,000 horses could certainly afford to keep 1300 wives. Or is it 130?

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24-11-2014, 11:02 AM
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
Actually my current concern is that multiple people go "made up story!" without answering the original question, which was:

Was polygamy practiced on this scale in the Ancient Near East?

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24-11-2014, 11:29 AM
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(24-11-2014 03:37 AM)Nurse Wrote:  How have I not heard of this Betty?!?! That video was fantastic.


As for the wives and concubines, I doubt it could be all that fulfilling even if it were true. It takes time and effort to discover what makes your partner tick and then make that.. erm... bomb explode.

... and let's take into account that there was no Viagra then.

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24-11-2014, 01:09 PM
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
Any person that has more than one spouse either sequencaly or concurrently is crazy.
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24-11-2014, 01:16 PM
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
(24-11-2014 01:09 PM)wazzel Wrote:  Any person that has more than one spouse either sequencaly or concurrently is crazy.

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24-11-2014, 02:06 PM
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(24-11-2014 01:16 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(24-11-2014 01:09 PM)wazzel Wrote:  Any person that has more than one spouse either sequencaly or concurrently is crazy.

The definition of a second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. Drinking Beverage

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24-11-2014, 04:01 PM (This post was last modified: 24-11-2014 05:33 PM by docskeptic.)
RE: Solomon - 1000 wives, 300 concubines
OP,
Should have mentioned this earlier. There is an error in your first post. Solomon had 700 (not 1000) wives and 300 concubines. Same difference I know, but it's good to be accurate in these matters.

To answer your initial question- No. There is no documentation of any person, king or otherwise being married as many times as Solomon. The "wisest" man in the world also holds the record for being married the most times.

Wives were legally married and their offspring were legal heirs to the father's property while concubines were female sex slaves whose children often had no rights (see the case of Abraham and his bastard son, Ishmael).

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