[b-hebrew] bethulah equals virgin?

Steve Miller smille10 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 13 23:18:25 EDT 2005

>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 
>> 2005 12:20 AM
>>> Bethulah means "virgin".
>> Could it be more general to mean a morally virtuous woman: either a 
>> virgin
>> or a woman faithful in marriage to one husband from her virginity?
> Sorry, Steve, I just don't see it.

thanks Yigal

>By the way, I don't think that the Torah
> considers an unmarried woman who is not a virgin to be "unvirtuous". If 
> she
> married passing herself off as a virgin, that makes her a liar.

In the very verses we were discussing, Deut 20:13-21:
1) the man is punished for bringing an evil name upon a virgin in Israel. 
The evil name is not that she was a liar, but that she was not a virgin when 
he married her.
2) the woman is stoned, not for lying, but "because she hath wrought folly 
in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil 
away from among you."
-Steve Miller 

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