Write 11 pages with APA style on Should Polygamy Be Legal In USA. Polygamy is a practice that dates back to biblical times. Many of the ancient Israelites were polygamous. Some were known to have hundreds of wives at a time. It was written that King Solomon had seven hundred wives and at least three hundred concubines. In addition, King David wedded 99 women and Jacob wedded 4. The suggestion given by a number of Jewish wise men claim that no man must wed more than four women however the limitation of only one wife was never made. In this time period society never put a restriction on how many wives were permitted for each man or even how to treat them. Jesus said nothing in opposition to polygamy. In the seventeenth century, it was accepted via the Christian Church. The Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), who believe in the earlier practice of the religion, even continue to allow and practice polygamy in the U.S. today even though the current church renounced the practice over a century ago and excommunicates anyone who practices it today.
Monogamy was introduced into Christianity at the time of Paul when many revisions took place in Christianity. This was done in order for the church to conform to the Greco-Roman culture where men were monogamous but owned many slaves who were free for them to use: In other words, unrestricted polygamy. Early Christians invented ideas that women were “full of sin” and the man was better off to “never marry.” Since this would be the end of mankind these same people compromised and said: “marry only one”(http://www.jannah.org/sisters/polygamy.html).
Monogamy eventually took over the U.S. and was finally, even by the Mormon religion, banned by the Church following a revelation to church President Wilford Woodruff in 1890.