I believe that a big problem for women who were widowed (or divorced)
and didn't have someone to care for them was they'd often end up in
A man with no one to care for him, and would be most likely only in
cases where he simply couldn't work, would only have begging as an
option. Being a male prostitute wouldn't be a popular choice within
Jewish communities, being sick he couldn't travel far and wouldn't be
desirable in the pagan communites.
That is an only slightly educated guess.
--- In email@example.com, Jim West <jwest@h...> wrote:
> When the Synoptics speak of beggars, it seems that they are always
> Was there a sociological stigma associated with female beggary?
Why do the
> Gospels not mention any women beggars (that I can recall).
> Dr Jim West
> Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
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