[b-hebrew] Zonah v Qadeshah & What Judah Thought
George F. Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Thu Jul 15 16:04:18 EDT 2004
On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 06:25:53 -0500 "Stoney Breyer"
<stoneyb at touchwood.net> writes:
> From: George F. Somsel [mailto:gfsomsel at juno.com]
> I hardly think the veil served to foster the impression that Tamar
> was a
> prostitute (of whatever sort) though it would have served to
> her. Rather, I think it was the fact that she was sitting beside
> road that gave this impression. Consider Jer. 3.2
> But George, the text SAYS that the veil was the source of the
> impression. It doesn't say he took her for a working girl because
> was hanging out on a street corner (though that doubtless
> contributed to
> the impression) - it says he took her for a working girl because of
> she was wearing.
That is one meaning of K.iY, and even the one which most immediately
comes to mind; but I'm not sure it's the correct meaning in this passage
due to the fact that it seems that a prostitute's "place of business" was
beside the road and because it was not only prostitutes who wore a veil.
Perhaps the reason it says that Judah thought she was a prostitute, if
one chooses the meaning "because" for K.iY is that he was not able to
recognize her and thereby know that she was not a prostitute.
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