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12. POLYGAMY IN THE BIBLE AND THE KORAN
Should a Christian man, who was a Muslim married to several wives, divorce his wives after he becomes a Christian?
Answers to a Question from Nigeria
9. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
How the Koran has Changed God's Old Testament and New Testament Commandments on Monogamy and Polygamy
(by Salam Falaki)

i) SUMMARY OVERVIEW


Here is an overview on how the Koran has changed God's Old Testament and New Testament commandments on monogamy and polygamy:

 OLD TESTAMENTNEW TESTAMENTKORAN
CASE 1
Monogamy
(1 man + 1 woman)
Allowed
(Creation standard: becoming one flesh)
Allowed
(Spiritual symbol: Christ and Church)
Allowed
(Contract for physical intercourse)
CASE 2 + CASE 3
Remarriage
after death of spouse
AllowedAllowedAllowed (Women only after a waiting time)
CASE 4 + CASE 5
Remarriage
after divorce
Tolerated
(except for 2 cases)
Forbidden
(except in the case of adultery of a spouse)
Allowed
(Various types)
CASE 6
Polygyny
(1 man with several wives)
ToleratedNot ProhibitedAllowed
(Up to four wives and more concubines)
CASE 7 + CASE 8
Adultery
of a man or of a woman
Forbidden
(Punishment: death)
Forbidden
(Punishment: none)
(Extended to lust)
Forbidden
(Punishment: lashes)
CASE 9
Polyandry
(1 woman with several men)
Unknown
(Prostitution NO
but present as sin)
Unknown
(Prostitution NO)
Unknown
(Prostitution YES)
CASE 10
Ployamory
Forbidden
(Canaanite religious fertility prostitution)
This sin brought Exile
Forbidden
(Greek religious
fertility prostitution)
End times: Babylon
Forbidden
(Arab? religious
fertility prostitution)
Absent in Eschatology

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