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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Easton's Bible Dictionary

Harlot:

(1.) Heb. zonah (Gen 34:31; 38:15). In verses 21, 22 the Hebrew word used in kedeshah, i.e., a woman consecrated or devoted to prostitution in connection with the abominable worship of Asherah or Astarte, the Syrian Venus. This word is also used in Deu 23:17; Hsa 4:14. Thus Tamar sat by the wayside as a consecrated kedeshah.

It has been attempted to show that Rahab, usually called a "harlot" (Jos 2:1; 6:17; Hbr 11:31; Jam 2:25), was only an innkeeper. This interpretation, however, cannot be maintained.

Jephthah's mother is called a "strange woman" (Jdg 11:2). This, however, merely denotes that she was of foreign extraction.

In the time of Solomon harlots appeared openly in the streets, and he solemnly warns against association with them (Pro 7:12; See also Jer 3:2; Eze 16:24,25,31). The Revised Version, following the LXX., has "and the harlots washed," etc., instead of the rendering of the Authorized Version, "now they washed," of 1Ki 22:38.

To commit fornication is metaphorically used for to practice idolatry (Jer 3:1; Eze 16:15; Hos. throughout); hence Jerusalem is spoken of as a harlot (Isa 1:21).

(2.) Heb. nokriyah, the "strange woman" (1Ki 11:1; Pro 5:20; 7:5; 23:27). Those so designated were Canaanites and other Gentiles (Jos 23:13). To the same class belonged the "foolish", i.e., the sinful, "woman."

In the New Testament the Greek pornai, plural, "harlots," occurs in Mat 21:31,32, where they are classed with publicans; Luk 15:30; 1Cr 6:15,16; Hbr 11:31; Jam 2:25. It is used symbolically in Rev 17:1, 5, 15, 16; 19:2.

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