Could a woman have been a priest in the Temple back in the time of David, and if not, why not?

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    It's usually called the Tabernacle, not the Temple, by the way.
    – msh210
    Feb 12, 2016 at 17:17
  • Close-voters: I don't think that yodeya.com/q/44985 is relevant here
    – MTL
    Feb 14, 2016 at 12:54

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No. The Torah specifies that Aaron and his SONS are invested with the Priesthood (Ex 29,9). While there are specific duties and rights incumbent on a Bat Kohen, a woman could not function as a Priest in the Temple.

  • Another thing..why are there no women priest,do you know why?
    – Aigle
    Feb 12, 2016 at 13:41
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    How do you know that that word means "sons" and not "children"? Afaik it can mean either, depending on context.
    – msh210
    Feb 12, 2016 at 15:09
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    @msh210 Sure, but Aaron had only sons. So either way, it is talking about sons. (i.e Bereshit 7:7) Feb 12, 2016 at 16:17
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    @AleksandrSigalov What about granddaughters? (How do you know he didn't have daughters too?)
    – Double AA
    Feb 12, 2016 at 16:50
  • @DoubleAA and if he'd have daughter it would say it just like with Dinah. Feb 12, 2016 at 18:07

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