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#179762 10/23/08 06:00 AM OP Hebrew has a wonderful word for another wife of a polygamist husband (See Samuel I, 1:6): "Tzara". What does it mean?
Sarah or Christine or Hubertine, Maggie or Mable.
And it's tea for three.
Modern-day polygamist wives call each other "sister-wife."
Originally Posted By: IraHebrew has a wonderful word for another wife of a polygamist husband (See Samuel I, 1:6): "Tzara". What does it mean?
Just looking at the KJV, I don't see anything in there that says that Hannah called called Peninnah Trouble.Originally Posted By: 1 Samuel 1:6And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
This also seems to be a specific instance and not a general term.
It primarily means 'distress, trouble' and secondarily 'vexer, rival wife' (link). It seems only to be used in the secondary sense in the chapter and verse quoted. If you click through on the etymology links, it is the feminine form of tsar 'distress; foe, enemy' from TsRR 'to show hostility toward, vex'.
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
OP The word "adversary" in KJB is "Tzara"-trouble in Hebrew
I still don't see any evidence that it can be taken as a general term for another wife of one's husband. Certainly in the case where the relations between the wives are not entirely peaceful and where there is the additional complication of the one being unable to bear children I can see the term being used, but not in the general case. Certainly not if the women work well together. My understanding is that many in that situation today find it quite pleasant to have sister-wives.
Read all about it. Be respectful.
What I want to know is, how come it's always a man with more than one wife, and never a woman with more than one husband?
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