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Homosexuality and the Bible: An Unequivocal Condemnation?

One type of question I often encounter surrounds homosexuality and the bible. In episode 7 of the show I went over some of the reasons I do not think Leviticus chapters 18 and 20 are referring to homosexuality as a defined sexual orientation so I’ll just briefly outline those reasons here; essentially they simply couldn’t have since Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) culture did not make any such distinction. So we need to ask ourselves what is this most likely referring to if it is not homosexuality as a defined sexual orientation? Moreover, why are both to be put to death in chapter 20? First question first! What does “Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman” sound like that we know was practiced in the ANE? This seems to be acknowledging only the occasional act of male anal Continue reading

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Homosexuality and the Hebrew Bible

Does the Hebrew bible prohibit homosexuality as we understand it—that is, as a defined sexual orientation—today? The verses in question can be found in Leviticus chapters 18 and 20, where the latter provides a command of capital punishment for what, prima facie, appears to be referring to homosexuality. Continue reading

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