At 10:01 12/09/2008, Michael Haseler wrote:
>Then again, I can't understand how it was possible to have children
>before the nappy was invented, nor for that matter the sanitary
>towel, but people must have coped somehow.
This message is obviously going to open up a whole new thread. There
must be PhD dissertations out there.
Isaiah ch 64 v 6 is conventionally translated in English versions
something like "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and
all our righteous acts are like filthy rags". Commentaries say that
"filthy rags" refers to a garment stained by menstruation (Motyer:
"The prophecy of Isaiah") or "the cloths a woman uses during her
period" (NIV Study Bible"), but other than that the verse is talking
about ritual uncleaness I don't know what authority lies behind
this. I also seem to remember a reference in Shakespeare, but can't
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