[b-hebrew] "Sodomite" in 2 Kings 23.7

Kevin W. Woodruff cierpke at prodigy.net
Tue Jul 13 15:19:01 EDT 2004


The Hebrew word is QADESH and it refers to a
cultic/shrine prostitute in the Canaanite religion. It
involved both homosexual and heterosexual

Kevin W. Woodruff

--- Dora Smith <villandra at austin.rr.com> wrote:
> What is meant by "sodomite" (or word translated
> thereas) in the following
> passage on Josiah's eviction of Baal from the LORDs
> temple in
> Jerusalem?
> "And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that
> were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove
> hangings for the grove." (2 Kings 23.7).
> One thing it does not appear to mean is
> homosexuality.   It is a place where
> women wore hangings for the grove - where Yahweh's
> wife Asherah was
> worshipped.
> But it clearly also is not a reference to a failure
> to show hospitality to
> strangers, as appears to be the case in other Old
> Testmament references to
> the term sodomite.
> St. Paul seems to have thought that homosexuality
> was closely tied to the
> practice of idolatry - is this a clue to what was
> actually going on in the
> minds of the authors of Kings?
> Yours,
> Dora Smith
> Austin, Texas
> villandra at austin.rr.com
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