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ISTM that the main way this Jewish practice has been appropriated is in the "ordination of elders" which is an inappropriate (unscriptural) commandeering: in Judaism, elders are not "ordained" but rather are the alpha males of the various families as in other Semitic cultures: Gen_50:7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all ...


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Disclaimer: Unless noted otherwise I am posting my answer from the perspective that the pastorals are authentic Pauline writings, which I find dubious. The Torah makes no explicit prohibition of polygamy. David had two wives and Solomon had 60 wives, 80 concubines and more "virgins" than he could "shake his stick at": 1Sa 30:5 And David's two wives ...



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