Does Judaism allow polygamy?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019

Question: Does Judaism allow polygamy?
Answer: No, it does not. Ezra the scribe (considered the founder of Judaism) upon the return from the Babylonian exile forced the Jews to expel the foreign wives they had taken and since then no polygamy was seen in Israel any longer. That is why we do not see polygamy in the first century Judea.

Moreover, Israel was done with the adultery, too. The Rabbis went even further to create fences around the Torah (called Talmud or the Oral Law), so that no Jew would even come close to break the laws.