Phatcatholic, you posted:
Uncle Bud, claims that there was no such thing as Jewish, monotheistic, temple virgins.
Uncle Bud is correct. Celibacy is completely alien to normative, traditional Judaism & always has been. There is no reference anywhere in the Tanakh (what we call what Christians call the “Old Testament”) to the notion of “Temple virgins”; neither is there any reference to it anywhere in the vast body of rabbinical literature (i.e. works such as the Mishnah, the Talmuds, etc.). In fact, according to normative Jewish law (which the Sadducee & Essene heretics didn’t hold by), only a priest who was married (i.e. not single, divorced or widowed) could be High Priest.
What do you mean by this:
i have found many instances of this among jewish men and rabbis,
What are your sources? With all due respect, I cannot accept Br. Anthony Opisso’s analysis. As a Roman Catholic, he is hardly unbiased. Just as you would not accept me, a Jew, telling you, a Roman Catholic, what normative Roman Catholicism is, so too I cannpt accept Br. Opisso, a Roman Catholic, telling me, a Jew, what normative Judaism is. (His reference to Elijah being celibate is based on a particular tradition found in later Kabbalistic literature that Elijah was an angel in human form; this particular tradition is very much a minority view.) Jeremiah is no precedent; he received a direct, peremptory and personal command from God. (Our Sages teach that Hephzibah, the wife of King Hezekiah & mother of King Manasseh, was the daughter of the prophet Isaiah.)
See The Jewish Encyclopedia entry on “Celibacy” at tinyurl.com/5kufv.
The case of Ben Azzai is no example. Aside from the fact that there are views that he was married (see the above link), he was a very unique character (see tinyurl.com/6gqvm).
Thom, you posted:
Check out the story of Samuel. I think he was a consecrated celibate.
I mean no disrespect (God forbid!) but you are incorrect. I Samuel 8:1-3 tells us:
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba…
Samuel makes reference to his sons in I Samuel 12:2.
When Hannah told Eli that she was lending Samuel to God all his life, she meant that she was going to do what she, in fact, did, i.e. she handed him over to Eli to be raised & educated by him to serve God at the tabernacle at Shilo. As a Levite, this would no be so strange. She didn’t mean that Samuel would be celibate.
Phatcatholic, you posted:
i need proof that jewish women consecrated their bodies to the Lord, made Him their spouse, and devoted themselves to the work of the temple.
The “work of the Temple” was done exclusively by men, whether Aaronic priests or Levites. See templeinstitute.org/main.htm.