Oholah and Oholibah

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In the Hebrew Bible, Oholah (אהלה) and Oholibah (אהליבה) (or: Aholah and Aholibah) are pejorative personifications given by the prophet Ezekiel to the cities of Samaria in the Kingdom of Israel and Jerusalem in the kingdom of Judah, respectively. They appear in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 23.

There is a pun in these names in the Hebrew. Oholah means "her tent", and Oholibah means "my tent is in her".[1]

The Hebrew prophets frequently compared the sin of idolatry to the sin of adultery, in a reappearing rhetorical figure.[2]:317 Ezekiel's rhetoric directed against these two allegorical figures depicts them as lusting after Egyptian men in explicitly sexual terms in Ezekiel 23:20–21:[3]:18

There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.

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  1. ^ Adele Berlin; Marc Zvi Brettler (17 October 2014). The Jewish Study Bible: Second Edition. Oxford University Press. p. 2350. ISBN 978-0-19-939387-9.
  2. ^ Coogan, Michael D. (2009). A brief introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in its Context. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195332728. OCLC 243545942.
  3. ^ Kim, Won Whe (2016). "Chapter 2: History and Cultural Perspective". In Park, Nam Cheol; Kim, Sae Woong; Moon, Du Geon (eds.). Penile Augmentation. Springer. pp. 11–26. ISBN 978-3-662-46752-7.