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The wikipedia article is not clear:

Prostitution was common in ancient Israel, despite being tacitly forbidden by Jewish Law.

What was the law forbidding prostitution? Given that prostitutes could take professional disputes to court, what was the legal role of prostitution?

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closed as off-topic by Lennart Regebro, Samuel Russell, Sardathrion, Mark C. Wallace, Pieter Geerkens Nov 27 '13 at 12:27

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Why the vote closes? This is a very important historical question. – Jim Thio Nov 27 '13 at 6:46
It's not obvious, it's a question whose answer can be easily looked up with a simple search, and is answered in Wikipedia. You have added some parts, which improves it a bit but now it is instead unclear what you are asking as you now answer the original question. – Lennart Regebro Nov 27 '13 at 8:18
More relevant questions are how the Jewish Laws and the laws during say, Roman era in ancient Israel differed, or what exactly the legal status of prostitutes are in the Bible (which is a complex topic, although probably also best left to external sites who can delve into those depths) and similar. – Lennart Regebro Nov 27 '13 at 8:25
@JimThio It seems to differ by period, and the Wikipedia doesn't actually claim that Jewish law explicitly forbids it. And "Ancient Israel" is a fuzzy concept stretching thousands of years and multiple religions. – Lennart Regebro Nov 27 '13 at 10:41

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