HWotD (Hebrew Word of the Day {2}): Holy Whore?

The Hebrew Bible uses two different words for prostitute, zonah (זנה)‎ and qedesha or kedeshah (קדשה)‎. The word zonah simply meant an ordinary prostitute or loose woman. But the word kedeshah literally means “consecrated (feminine form)”, from the Semitic root q-d-sh (קדש)‎ meaning “holy” or “set apart”.

https://www.liquisearch.com/sacred_prostitution/ancient_near_east/in_the_hebrew_bible

Was noodling on why we don’t have one word for “temple prostitute” in English; so I consulted my Hebrew Bible.

6 thoughts on “HWotD (Hebrew Word of the Day {2}): Holy Whore?

  1. Bad link?

    What the Bible says about Prostitution, Ritual
    Search domain bibletools.orghttps://www.bibletools.org › index.cfm › fuseaction › Topical.show › RTD › CGG › ID › 1208 › Prostitution-Ritual.htm
    Diana’s temple, considered sacrosanct throughout the Roman world, became the primary banking institution in Asia Minor. Morally, however, the city was bankrupt. Just as our nation is inundated with perversion and pornography, Ephesus was controlled by the educated prostitutes affiliated with Diana worship.

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  2. Ground control to Major Simon! Not that I dont engage in this kinda mental loop-de-loop myself— but what,, in a , ah, nutshell— do you wanna say about temple prostitutes? Accounting IS, famously, the oldest profession..

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    1. Antiquity had a theory (let us call it CRT) that women are not the same as men. At what point did the post-moderns prove CRT to be not only wrong but ridiculously so?

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