by Wilfrid R. Koponen, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.A.R., M.A.)
Deuteronomy 23:17-18. (Cf 1 Kings 14:22-24, 15:22, 22:46, and 2 Kings 23:7.) This passage, in the most scholarly, reliable, modern translations, refers only to (now defunct) male and female temple prostitutes. Old translations of the Hebrew term for 'male temple prostitute' as 'sodomite' are simply inaccurate; some scholars think these male prostitutes serviced female customers, not males. this passage hardly applies to today's gays and lesbians!