Yoel 4 says:

3 And they have cast lots for My people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, and have drunk.


6 the children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the sons of Jevanim, that ye might remove them far from their border;

The King James bible says that "Jevanim" is Greece.

When did this happen in history to the Jewish people?

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    It is 3/6 in the KJV, but 4:6 in Tanach. Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 4:40
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    Thanks Clint; I was just writing a comment asking for a better citation. doctor bram, welcome to Mi Yodeya. Please be aware that KJV is a Christian translation and many Christian translations take liberties with the original Hebrew. (For example, the Hebrew doesn't actually say "Greece".) You can find reputable Jewish translations here and here, among others. Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 4:50
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    @MonicaCellio Perhaps you can edit in the Jewish citation/translation?
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    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 4:57
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    @DoubleAA I considered that but worried about changing too much of the OP's question. But here, let me give it a shot. doctor bram, if I miss the point of your question please feel free to edit further; we're trying to help, not nitpick. Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 4:58
  • hi Monica iv been talking with my local jehovah witnesses an somebody brought this question who was listening to us argue and it left the jehovah witnesses speachless the point is the truth,has it happened or is it going to happened,nobody seems to know Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 17:05

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One of the problems with the book of Joel is that it lacks any information that might locate it historically, and a number of pronouncements within it are ambiguous for that reason (eg: is the army in chapter 2 being likened to a plague of locusts, or is the plague of locusts in chapter 2 being likened to an army?). Rabbinic tradition has it that the author was the son of Samuel the prophet (Bemidbar Rabbah 11), but since so much of the book is concerned with events that are yet to transpire, that doesn't really help us.

The section to which you refer is one such passage. Note that it commences by asserting what will happen in those days (בימים ההמה), which the Radak interprets to mean the time of the moshiach. If, in the time of the moshiach, people are to be punished for the things that they had done, those things may not have yet transpired in human history - certainly not at the time of the prophet, and perhaps not yet from our perspective either.

An indication of this ambiguity can be found also in the Radak, who mentions two interpretations of this passage: one, that it happened while the Judeans were still residing in their land; and the other, that it happened after the destruction of the temple when they were in exile. By contrast, the Malbim sees it as something that happened during the time of the temple's destruction itself. Since the passage is so vague, it could have happened at any time, or could also be something that has not (yet) happened at all.

  • thanks shimon the idea that it may not happened to jewish people makes sense because there would be a history of it an i cant find any, but i cant see the greek people doing anything like this to jewish people in the future not in this modern society Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 17:25

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