[b-hebrew] Kadeshah & Tanakh

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Jul 15 05:50:00 EDT 2004

On 15/07/2004 06:37, david.kimbrough at charter.net wrote:

>The Tanakh editorializes constantly about what is right and 
>wrong.  It never condems a man for the use of a zonah 
>(unless it is associated with worship) but woman who is a 
>zonah (or kadeshah) is always condemned. ...

This is wildly inaccurate. Men are condemned for using a zonah in Gen 
34:31, Jer 5:7, also Num 25:1 in context with the verb ZNH. In Hosea 
4:10-14 the point is made clear that the responsibility is that of the 
men who use prostitutes (masculine verb forms HIZNU v.10 and YEFAREDU 
v.14) rather than the girls themselves; cf 6:10. And Proverbs is packed 
full of instructions to men to avoid the zonah: see 6:26, 7:10. 23:27, 
29:3 in context and many other places where the actual word is not used. 
This is looking only at passages where the context is not strongly 

>...  Only in Genesis 
>38 is the irony of this double standard noted.
No, also in Hosea 4.

Peter Kirk
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