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DEUT 23:18 AND THE LITERAL AND METAPHORICAL ASPECTS OF THE HIRE OF A HARLOT

Blessing Onoriode Boloje
2019 Scriptura  
The language of prostitution is used in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in both literal and metaphorical senses. Although harlots (prostitutes) and prostitution are mentioned in the HB/OT (Lev 18;, these harlots are not punished like people who are caught in the act of adultery. The specific reference that is hinted at in Deut 23:18 and the question pertaining to the nature of the activity denounced by Yahweh in the text has generated speculation and requires some study. This article
more » ... article systematises the possibilities, literally and metaphorically evaluating prostitution as foreign, religiously deviant or morally detestable. The critical concern of this article is what, according to Deut 23:18, God hates: harlots, the practice of prostitution or the use of the wages (gifts) thereof for the redemption of vows; and what these imply. In this article, the clear pairing in the prohibition of Deut 23:18 -"hire of a harlot" ( ‫ָה‬ ‫זוֺנ‬ ‫ַן‬ ‫נ‬ ‫תְ‬ ‫)אֶ‬ and "price of a dog" ‫ֶב(‬ ‫ֶל‬ ‫כ‬ ‫יר‬ ‫חִ‬ ‫)מְ‬are both metaphorical symbols of shame and disgrace and should not be accepted for fulfilling religious vows. Lexical and literal aspects of Deut 23:18: Hire of a harlot and price of a dog ‫ֶב‬ ‫ֶל‬ ‫כ‬ ‫יר‬ ‫חִ‬ ‫ּומְ‬ ‫ָה‬ ‫זוֺנ‬ ‫ַן‬ ‫נ‬ ‫תְ‬ ‫אֶ‬ ‫יא‬ ‫בִ‬ ‫ֺא-תָ‬ ‫ל‬ ‫ר‬ ‫ֶדֶ‬ ‫ָל-נ‬ ‫כ‬ ‫לְ‬ ‫יָך‬ ‫הֶ‬ ‫תוֺ‬ ֺ ‫ֱל‬ ‫א‬ ‫ָה‬ ‫הו‬ ‫יְ‬ ‫ית‬ ‫בֵּ‬ MT 23:19 You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive NASB 23:18 http://scriptura.journals.ac.za Deut 23:18 and the Literal and Metaphorical Aspects of the Hire of a Harlot 3
doi:10.7833/118-1-1542 fatcat:ndittxlkobg2rc433w7c262oli