MrMan wrote:Your making the part about the virgins being alone with the bride groom. the traditional interpretation is that this is a wedding party, where the virgins are waiting in the wee hours of the morning to or the middle of the night to join the group. The ones that go off to buy oil for their lamps miss the groom's wedding party when it goes by.
(1) Read the parable aloud to your wife, the so-called "traditional" way. Bridesmaids are attending a party, solo for some reason, no male escort. Okay fine. Picture the images in your mind as you read it, like it is a movie.
(2) Read the parable my way. The virgins are at their wedding. Picture the images in your mind as you read it, like it is a movie.
What were your reactions each time?
Which time did you and you laugh?
Which time did your wife giggle?
Which time did Jesus's point about being ready REALLY become crystal clear?
MrMan wrote:From what I've read, Jews of that era were monogamous. It doesn't make sense that they would have read polygamy into the text.
Do you have any evidence for polygamists in Biblical times marrying multiple wives with one party? Jacob was to give Leah her week first.
Leah was the girl who "snuck in". She conspired with her dad, Laban, to pretend (in the dark) to be her sister, Rachel. (For those who dont know the stroy, both girls had voluptuous bodies, but Rachel had a pretty face, Leah didnt. Yeah, this stuff is really in the Bible).
Her scheming dad probably didnt want Leah shucked aside and ignored, when he gave Rachel (Leah's sister) to Jacob next.
And apparently it was considered nasty to get two sisters naked together and have a threeway with them. This was later mentioned when God gave the Law to Moses. It was banned (in the Law) to marry sisters. Not because it is evil, but because harem-style sex was and is normal, and sisters should be sisters, not having "their nakedness (i.e. sex, orgasms) revealed together." Basically, it is OK to marry sisters, but sleep with them in separate tents, on separate nights. Like Jacob did.
So to sum up my point here, evidence number one that multiple marriages took place is specifically the Mosaic Law, which banned marrying sisters explictly for the reason you shouldnt have sex with sisters together.
Evidence number two is the verse from Isaiah I quoted above. Here's a YT vid I just ran into, about lezzies threatening to husband-up with men. Isaiah's prophecy is showing its first fruits:
Evidence number three is Matthew chapter 25, as quoted above.
Evidence number four is an interview I read from a rabbi, not a polygamist, just a history expert, who said that polygamous marriages, including two or three girls at a time, were still happening in Jesus's time. Many if not most Jews had become city people (I guess) but some were not yet completely Hellenized and Romanized, fashionably monogamous. Sorry a quick google did not turn up the interview.
Evidence five is human nature. Ads picturing men often show multiple women around a man, pawing him. It looks good at a limbic-brain level - to both sexes. Thats because its natural. Like when women danced around David, returning from victory. All good. But ads showing multiple men pawing a woman would be considered gross, by both sexes.