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Genesis 38:21

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He asked the men who were there, 1  “Where is the cult prostitute 2  who was at Enaim by the road?” But they replied, “There has been no cult prostitute here.”

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Ge 38:14

NET © Notes

tn Heb “the men of her place,” that is, who lived at the place where she had been.

sn The Hebrew noun translated “cult prostitute” is derived from a verb meaning “to be set apart; to be distinct.” Thus the term refers to a woman who did not marry, but was dedicated to temple service as a cult prostitute. The masculine form of this noun is used for male cult prostitutes. Judah thought he had gone to an ordinary prostitute (v. 15); but Hirah went looking for a cult prostitute, perhaps because it had been a sheep-shearing festival. For further discussion see E. M. Yamauchi, “Cultic Prostitution,” Orient and Occident (AOAT), 213-23.



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