Homosexuality and the Old Testament

Frederick J. Gaiser

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1990

Issue: Sex, Intimacy, and Limits (Vol. 10, No 2, Spring, 1990)

What the Bible says about homoerotic behavior is not a mystery. Although the subject does not come up often—the matter is not a cause célèbre among biblical writers—when it does arise, the response is negative. This has been the common interpretation of Jewish and Christian communities throughout history. Despite a variety of recent attempts, it no longer seems possible to deny that the Scriptures say what they say here. Our task will be to hear the biblical words in their historical and theological contexts and to interpret them for our own day.

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