Yesterday, in a rant against scholastic investigation into Scripture, Ken Ham makes the startling statement:
Now, there is not a single statement in Scripture affirming polygamy…
Hold up there, Kenny. I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. Unless, of course, you are going to redefine words.
Are statements affirming polygamy found in Scripture?
I mean, we have 2 Samuel 12.1-11 where God chastises David through the Prophet Nathan about the incident with Bathsheba. Several statements affirm polygamy is God’s gift to David (2 Samuel 12.8) and that the removal of polygamy from David is a sign of God’s anger (2 Samuel 12.11).
Then, you have the book of Hosea wherein God commands the prophet to marry two women with no mention of divorce.
Finally, God is pictured in Jeremiah 3.8 as married to Israel (the Northern Tribes) and Judah (the Southern Tribes).
Of course, maybe Ken is right. There is no single statement affirming polygamy, only a few.
(Also, by the time you get to the New Testament, polygamy was more than frowned upon, but the point of the post is to slightly mock the guy who doesn’t read Scripture, phd or not. In a previous offering, N.T. Wright shows how we understand polygamy as a biblical practice but how monogamy is the ideal — Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today)