[b-hebrew] Another Question About Qadeshah

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jul 17 16:21:57 EDT 2004

I think you are probably correct - at least in Gen. 38, Qedeshah and Zonah
seem to be synonymous and interchangble, and the whole story has no cultic

----- Original Message -----
From: "Medina, Vincent" <VMedina at cbcag.edu>
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Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 6:10 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Another Question About Qadeshah

> I know that this question has been addressed thoroughly on this list for
> the past few days, and I don't want to drag it out, but another question
> occurs to me and I thought it might be profitable to explore it.
> Is it possible that, over time, the term qadeshah became a technical
> term for prostitute and, at least in some usages, lost its cultic
> overtones? This is apparently what happened with the word KN(NY
> "Canaanite," which in some contexts is simply a synonym for "trader" or
> "merchant"-See Prov. 31:24; Zech. 14:21.
> I don't know if this theory has any legs, but perhaps it's worth
> considering.
> Regards
> Vince
> Associate Professor
> Central Bible College
> 3000 N. Grant Avenue
> Springfield, Missouri  65803
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