Re: parthenos

On 2 Aug 1994, STEVE SCHAPER wrote:

>  In college, my professor of Hebrew, Richard Whitaker, who has published part
> of an Eerdman's commentary, as well as working on the computerized Ugaritic
> concordance, etc., said that the reason that betullah was not used was
> because it was the name of a Canaanite goddess, and if Isaiah had used that
> term for virgin, instead of the term for young, unmarried woman (who as a
> holy woman, would indeed be a virgin, as the rabbis who translated the
> Septuagint knew), he would have been stoned to death for appearing to predict
> that YHWH would have a child by a Canaanite goddess.

Since when does ALMH mean "young *unmarried* woman"?  Did I miss something?
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