Biblical Perspectives on Sexuality

Diane Jacobson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1990

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

To examine the Old Testament view of sexuality I’ve decided on two tracks which I hope will avoid the threat of proof-texting on the one hand and the trap of spouting biblical principles which never touch the actual text on the other. My first task I see as descriptive. That is, I will give some indication of where in the Old Testament issues of sexuality are addressed. Within this track, I will have time to make only passing reference to the problems of interpreting individual texts. My second task will be to raise certain interpretive difficulties which come not so much from the text itself as from questions which arise from our own perspectives as twentieth-century Americans, male and female.

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