Harlots are referred to in the OT without any note of condemnation (Gen. 38; Josh. 2), but ‘harlotry’ became synonymous in the prophets for apostasy (Hos. 4:12–13). Hosea had himself married a harlot.
In NT times, harlots were outcasts from respectable society (Matt. 21:31 f.) but were treated gently by Jesus (Luke 7:37–50; John 8:1–11). The well-known and accommodating Rahab (Josh. 2:1–22) appears in one of the genealogies of Jesus (Matt. 1:5).

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