Alice C. Linsley
Bridal imagery is found throughout the Bible. Hosea 2 describes how YHWH sets aside Israel, his bride, and vows to win her back, even if it means moving heaven and earth.
Consider how in the Bible brides are often found at wells. Abraham met Keturah at the Well of Sheba. Jacob met Rebekah at a well in Padan-Aram. Moses met Zipporah at a well in Midian. Jesus met Photini at the Well of Jacob and she, a Samaritan, became the first evangelist.
In 1 Chronicles 4:5, we read that "Ashur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah."
In 1 Chronicles 4:17-18, we read that Mered had two wives and one was "Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married."
Those who are troubled by the idea of two wives should consider that this is exactly what is presented in Jeremiah 3:8 which speaks of God divorcing the northern kingdom of Israel for being an unfaithful bride. The same judgement is spoken over the southern kingdom of Judah. “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” Here God is presented as having two unfaithful wives.
2 Samuel 23:24 mentions three sons, Abishai, Joab and Asahel, born to Jesse's daughter Zeruiah. Zeruiah was David's half-sister.
The names of Lamech’s two wives Adah and Tzillah (Gen. 4) are a claim to expansive earthly rule. The Bible scholar, Theodore H. Gaster, noted that the east-west arrangement is suggested by the names Adah (dawn) and Tzillah (dusk).