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Rev Martin Madden’s Thelyphthora His Scriptural Defense of Polygamy 1781

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Thelyphthora; or, a Treatise on Female Ruin, in Its Causes, Effects, Consequences, Prevention, and Remedy; Considered on the Basis of the Divine Law: Under the following Heads, viz. Marriage, Whoredom, and Fornication, Adultery, Polygamy, Divorce; with many other Incidental Matters; Particularly Including An Examination of the Principles and Tendancy of the Stat. 26 Geo. II c. 33. Commonly Called the Marriage Act. London, J. Dodsley, 1781, Second edition, enlarged.

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[Madden] Thelyphthora; or, a Treatise on Female Ruin, in Its Causes, Effects, Consequences, Prevention, and Remedy; Considered on the Basis of the Divine Law: Under the following Heads, viz. Marriage, Whoredom, and Fornication, Adultery, Polygamy, Divorce; with many other Incidental Matters; Particularly Including An Examination of the Principles and Tendancy of the Stat. 26 Geo. II c. 33. Commonly Called the Marriage Act. London, J. Dodsley, 1781, Second edition, enlarged. 2 vols. 21.5 cm. [(iv), xxxii, 404 pages; (iv), 382 pages, xviii (index to both volumes)]. Rev. Martin Madden (1726 – 1790) was cited by Lowndes as using Mosaic law to justify and advocate for polygamy, Lowndes (1864) II, p. 1447. Rebound in modern three-quarters calf on marbled boards, four raised bands, with spines decorated in old-style gilt. Tape used in gutters of four pages in volume 1 and on the gutters of two pages in volume 2.

Rev Martin Madden's Thelyphthora; His Scriptural Defense of Polygamy 1781

Rev Martin Madden's Thelyphthora; His Scriptural Defense of Polygamy 1781

Madden says in Vol. I, p. 243: “Had polygamy been intended to have been condemned under the New-Testament dispensation, I should humbly suppose that OUR LORD would have put the matter out of question by words too plain to admit of the least dispute: that He whose loins were girt about with faithfulness (Is. xi. 5.) would have been at least as faithful to his hearers of the lost sheep of the house of Israel, to whom He was so immediately sent (Matt. xv. 24.) and spoken to them in as plain and unequivocal terms as John the Baptist did to Herod, upon the subject of his brother Philip’s wife (Matt. xiv. 4.) There cannot be the least doubt, that numbers of our Lord’s multitudes of hearers were polygamists – all in principle – many in practice…”.

Rev Martin Madden's Thelyphthora; His Scriptural Defense of Polygamy 1781

Rev Martin Madden's Thelyphthora; His Scriptural Defense of Polygamy 1781