Whats With The Bible and Prostitutes?
September 27, 2006 § 2 Comments
Is it me or does the Bible have strange fixations on sex? Firstly there are bizarre references to homosexuality which are never really cleared up. Haroon has discussed this in the past when addressing matters of the Christian right,
“But of course, we would not and maybe should not do this, because the Christian right is dominated by literalist hotheads, mostly of the Protestant variety, most of whom do not have a coherent or clear perspective on homosexuality (The Bible seems confused over the issue. Indeed, it even seems to accept incest.)” (H. Moghul, Under|Progress)
But lets put politics aside for a moment and look more deeply into Haroon’s side-note, where he suggests that the Bible condones lascivious behaviours such as incest. Indeed, the Bible does discuss sex in a most peculiar fashion. There is array of stories where obscure sexual references are made. However, none more prevalent then the infamous “harlot”. So I must ask what is up with the Bible and prostitutes? David Plotz writes on the subject in Slate and takes a hip and cool approach to research and write-up in an article entitled, “Why the Bible Has so Many Protitutes”. Plotz begins his sex-editorial saying,
“On to sexier matters! This chapter raises a rude but pressing question: What’s with all the prostitutes? There’s scarcely an unmarried woman in the Bible so far who isn’t a prostitute, or treated like one! There’s Tamar, who turns a trick with her father-in-law Judah. The Moabite women, who whore themselves to the Israelites. The Midianite harlot who’s murdered by Phineas. Jacob’s daughter Dinah, whose loose behavior sparks mass slaughter. No wonder they call prostitution the oldest profession—it’s the only profession that biblical women seem to have.” (D. Plotz, Slate)
In conclusion, Plotz’s research is actually quite good. I enjoyed the article and I think that it is worth a look, so read it, laugh-out-loud and enjoy.