[b-hebrew] Kadeshah & Tanakh
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.
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