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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Seduce; Seducer

Dictionaries :: Seduce; Seducer

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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Seduce; Seducer:

se-dus', se-dus'-er (Hiphil of (Ta‘ah, or ta‘ah, "to err"; of pathah, "to be simple"; planao, apoplanao, "to lead astray"):

(1) The word "seduce" is only used in the Bible in its general meaning of "to lead astray," "to cause to err," as from the paths of truth, duty or religion. It occurs in the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) Eze 13:10; 2Ki 21:9; 1Ti 4:1; Re 2:20; in the King James Version only, Pr 12:26 (the Revised Version (British and American) "causeth to err"); Isa 19:13 (the Revised Version (British and American) "caused to go astray"); Mr 13:22; 1Joh 2:26 (the Revised Version (British and American) "lead astray"). The noun "seducer" (2Ti 3:13 the King James Version, goes) is correctly changed in the Revised Version (British and American) into "impostor."

(2) It is not found in its specific sense of "to entice a female to surrender her chastity." Yet the crime itself is referred to and condemned.

Three cases are to be distinguished:

(a) The seduction of an unbetrothed virgin: In this case the seducer cording to J-E (Ex 22:16 f) is to be compelled to take the virgin as his wife, if the father consents, and to pay the latter the usual purchase price, the amount of which is not defined. In the Deuteronomic Code (De 22:28) the amount is fixed at 50 shekels, and the seducer forfeits the right of divorce.

(b) The seduction of a betrothed virgin: This case (De 22:23-27; not referred to in the other codes) is treated as virtually one of adultery, the virgin being regarded as pledged to her future husband as fully as if she were formally married to him; the penalty therefore is the same as for adultery, namely, death for both parties (except in the case where the girl can reasonably be acquitted of blame, in which case the man only is put to death).

(c) The seduction of a betrothed bondmaid (mentioned only in Le 19:20-22): Here there is no infliction of death, because the girl was not free; but the seducer shall make a trespass offering, besides paying the fine.



Written by D. Miall Edwards

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