Why does the Bible have so many prositutes?
Just a quick plug for Slate's blogging the bible column. It's good stuff. David Plotz is now on to the book of Joshua.
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.