Deuteronomy 23:17-18 Deuteronomy 23:17-18 17  No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute.  18  You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the Lord your God to pay any vow, because the Lord your God detests them both. It is not immediately apparent, from this translation, that this passage is relevant. “The earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute” translates two terms coupled together: “the fee of a prostitute” and “the hire of a dog”. The meaning is not immediately obvious but it seems that it refers to male and female temple prostitutes. Temple prostitution was never part of Judaism but may have been adopted from surrounding pagan cultures. The pejorative term “dog” suggests particular disgust and therefore suggests that while the male prostitutes may have had sex with female worshippers, it is more likely that they engaged in sexual acts with other men. (See Block, Daniel I., in his NIV Application Commentary on Deuteronomy.) Related pages Understanding Deuteronomy 23:17-18
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Deuteronomy 23:17-18 Deuteronomy 23:17-18 17  No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute.  18  You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the Lord  your God to pay any vow, because the  Lord your God detests them both. It is not immediately apparent, from this translation, that this passage is relevant. “The earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute” translates two terms coupled together: “the fee of a prostitute” and “the hire of a dog”. The meaning is not immediately obvious but it seems that it refers to male and female temple prostitutes. Temple prostitution was never part of Judaism but may have been adopted from surrounding pagan cultures. The pejorative term “dog” suggests particular disgust and therefore suggests that while the male prostitutes may have had sex with female worshippers, it is more likely that they engaged in sexual acts with other men. (See Block, Daniel I., in his NIV Application Commentary on Deuteronomy.) Related pages Understanding Deuteronomy 23:17-18
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