I'm confused as to whether what the actual relationship to a man a pilegesh actually has in Jewish Law. I've seen conflicting sources: (1) Hebrew school taught a pilegesh is a secondary wife (concubine) who the man marries separately since his first wife cannot have a child and so the contract is between the man and said secondary wife; or (2) Genesis teaches a pilegesh is a servant (handmaiden) contracted by the primary wife to offer to the man when she herself cannot have a child, and the the relationship is actually between the primary wife and her handmaiden, with the servant standing in as the primary's surrogate. Please clarify?


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