Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to
Join with me as I raise money to build classrooms in Uganda! Click here to find out how!
Maybe you would like to sponsor a child through Compassion International! For every child sponsored by visitors, I will donate $105 to build classrooms for the children in Uganda! Click to sponsor a child today!

Smith's Bible Dictionary


Additional Links
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 and of concubine, there was no such difference as our illegitimacy implies. The latter were a supplementary family to the former; their names occur in the patriarchal genealogies, (Genesis 22:24; 1 Chronicles 1:22 ) and their position and provision would depend on the father's will. (Genesis 25:6 ) The state of concubinage is assumed and provided for by the law of Moses. A concubine would generally be either (1) a Hebrew girl bought of her father; (2) a Gentile captive taken in war; (3) a foreign slave bought; or (4) a Canaanitish woman, bond or free. The rights of the first two were protected by the law, (Exodus 21:7; 21:10-14) but the third was unrecognized and the fourth prohibited. Free Hebrew women also might become concubines. To seize on royal concubines for his use was probably the intent of Abner's act, (2 Samuel 3:7 ) and similarly the request on behalf of Adonijah was construed. (1 Kings 2:21-24 )

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.

Bibliography Information
Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Concubine'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

Search for…
Enter query in the box below
Choose a letter to browse:
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M 
N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  Y  Z 

Prev Entry
Next Entry
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology