Peter_Kirk at sil.org
Tue Jan 30 10:24:24 EST 2001
I had understood BETULIM to refer to the cloth spread on the marriage bed
which was supposed to become stained with blood as evidence that the bride
had been a virgin. That is still the custom in the Middle East today.
From: George Athas [mailto:gathas at globalfreeway.com.au]
Sent: 29 January 2001 13:56
To: Biblical Hebrew
Subject: Re: BETHULAH - virgin
BETULIM and BETULAH, although related words, have slightly different
there is still a huge amount of overlap (as is to be expected of related
BETULIM implies "virginity" the same as we would see it -- that is, someone
who has had no
previous sexual experience - someone who is physically a virgin.
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