concubine

concubine

A marital associate of a man secondary to his wife. In the OT, barren wives such as Sarah, Leah, and Rachel sometimes give their handmaidens to their husbands as concubines to bear children (Gen 16:1-3; Gen 30:3-13). The Torah legally guaranteed the rights of a Hebrew girl sold into concubinage (Exod 21:7-11).

Gen 16:1-3

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Gen 30:3-13

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Exod 21:7-11

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