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prostitution

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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    prostitution

    Part of Canaanite fertility religion which the Israelite followers of Yahweh sought to suppress, though individual Hebrew women were paid for sexual favours and were not stigmatized. The most famous was Rahab, who received the Hebrew spies (Josh. 2) and who appears in the genealogy of Jesus (Matt. 1: 5).

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