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Does a Kohen have to seek the same halachic criteria for a peligesh as he would for a wife?

Case one: He is not married (so he's not seeking polygamy). He's simply seeking a "lesser-married status" for the purpose of being with someone who is otherwise not permitted to him.

Case two: He is looking for a second wife. (If so, this raises a new and greater problem with the concept in general: would any child from a relationship with any married man and a peligesh be considered a mamzer?)

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Why was this downvoted? It's a serious question and, while would not have any ramifications now, still is interesting. – Avram Levitt Jan 8 '14 at 9:28
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The Rambam says in הלכות מלכים ומלחמות פרק ד that only a King may marry a Pilegesh.

אבל ההדיוט אסור בפילגש

Since a Cohen cannot be a King (הלכות מלכים ומלחמות פרק א), there is no basis for the question according to the Rambam.

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This answer is incredibly not interesting and seems to miss the point. – Double AA Jan 12 '14 at 15:08
So, other words ONLY a king would have one? that simplifies things a bit. – seekingclarity Mar 13 '14 at 16:15
What about a Hasmonean king? (They were kohanim.) – Chanoch Mar 13 '14 at 21:28
Where in the torah does it say that only king can have concubines? – Jim Thio Jul 2 '15 at 7:20
@JimThio, if the Rambam says so, then he learned it from the Talmud which learned it from a verse the Torah, or an oral tradition. The commentators on the Rambam have provided a source for every single one of his statements. – Danny Schoemann Jul 2 '15 at 9:50

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