[b-hebrew] YHWH's attitude towards kadesh/kadeshah

Patrina patrina at bestmail.us
Thu Jul 15 22:23:24 EDT 2004

On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 10:34:19 +0930, "Patrina" <patrina at bestmail.us>
> Deuteronomy 23:18 - You shall not bring the hire of a zonah, or the
> price of a dog (?male prostitute), into the house of YHWH your Elohim
> for any vow: for both of these are an abomination to YHWH your Elohim.  

I really should have included the previous verse - I recollected about
not bringing the hire of a whore to the temple, and went straight to
that verse only, but the previous verse is important too:

Deuteronomy 23:17 - None of the daughters of Israelis to be a kadeshah,
nor any of the sons of Israel be a kadesh.

This is not the only time that Deuteronomy states prohibitions against
actions regarded as sanctioned in earlier times.  Deuteronomy also says
that YHWH hates the setting up of pillars (Deut 16:22), and yet El
accepts it, and the libations poured upon it without a problem in
Genesis 31:13.  Given that YHWH does not change (Malachi 3:6), one has
to assume that the early religious worship was of Canaanitic El (and
various members of his pantheon) and that syncretism with YHWH was the
norm until post-exilic times.

Patrina Nuske Small
Adelaide, South Australia
  patrina at bestmail.us

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