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You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver that I had given you, and made for yourself male images, and prostituted yourself with them; Bible

“male images.” The text is unclear as to exactly what these images were. There was no known phallic worship in Israel, so that is almost certainly not what this text is about. The reference is most likely at least in part to idols, which may have specifically been male, such as a bull-god or an image of Baal (in keeping with Israel generally being referred to as a woman who commits adultery with her lovers). However, there was all kinds of illicit sex in ancient Israel, and it is quite possible that the Israelites made dildos out of silver and gold and engaged in sexual activity with them. The use of dildos for sexual pleasure is very ancient, and was certainly part of the Mediterranean world by this time, for example, in ancient Greece.


Commentary for: Ezekiel 16:17