I think, sadly, that’s just Christian crazy — the tradition misreading everything and thinking we can know what ancient Hebrew references mean. Just yesterday, for my porneia article, I was going over Irene Regner’s case (in The Vanishing Hebrew Harlot) that ZNH couldn’t rely on prostitution, since ZNH is bad and prostitution wasn’t. As she notes, prostitution was clearly “an acceptable institution to male Israelites.”

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