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Dirt, Shame, Status

Perspectives on Same-Sex Sexuality in the Bible and the Ancient World
  • By Thomas Kazen
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A scholarly examination of same-sex sexuality in the Bible in the context of the ancient world

Scriptural prohibitions of same-sex sexual acts (so-called "clobber passages") are often used as prooftexts to support the oppression of LGBT communities in the West today. However, such interpretation of these scant references ignores critical sociohistorical context from the ancient world.

Analyzing a wealth of primary sources, Thomas Kazen brings biblical studies into conversation with the sexual norms and practices of the ancient world. Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman texts, including the Old and New Testaments, exhibit ancient concerns about hierarchy in sexual relationships. Examining references to sexuality through the lenses of power and subordination, honor and shame, and purity, Kazen sheds light on homophobic passages in the Bible. Special attention is given to the Levitical laws and the Pauline epistles. Ultimately, Kazen calls us to renegotiate the balance between our ancient heritage and our contemporary values.

Carefully researched and accessibly presented, Dirt, Shame, Status lends readers insight into the diverse cultural influences on the Bible. Kazen's work offers an informed and important perspective on a controversial topic of perennial interest. Scholars, students, and all curious readers of Scripture will find this volume to be an indispensable resource for understanding complex ancient texts and contexts.

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    • SKU: 9780802884343
    • Manufacturer: William B Eerdmans Pub Co
    • ISBN 13: 9780802884343
    • Publication Date: 09/05/2024
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Thomas Kazen

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