From: Williams, Wes (
Date: Fri Oct 03 1997 - 13:05:17 EDT

Dear Julio,

You said:
        To sum up, it is apparent that "nakedness", i.e.,
ervat-cum-genital is a
        Hebraic euphemism for "sex".

While I agree with you that certain Hebrew idioms do refer to sexual
relations, these expressions are not used in connection with Deut 24:1.

Just what "something indecent" [NIV] (literally, "the nakedness of a
thing") was with respect to the wife is not specifically stated. That it
was not adultery is indicated by the fact that God's law given to Israel
decreed that those guilty of adultery be put to death, not merely be
divorced. (De 22:22-24)

As stated before, the LXX translators used the word ASCHMON
"unattractive/ unpresentable/ ugly." This word is found once in the NT
at 1 Cor 12:23 "And the *parts that are unpresentable* are treated with
special modesty"; parts that all of us have, and not necessarily limited
to genitalia.

This is quite a different thing than PORNEIA, which Paul also used in 1
Cor., for which one can be expelled from the congregation (1 Cor. 5:1).

Brenton: Deuteronomy 22:22 LXX And if a man be found lying with a woman
married to a man, ye shall kill them both, the man that lay with the
woman and the woman: so shalt thou remove the wicked one out of Israel.

Wes Williams

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