Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2009 - Social Science - 446 pages
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Love Between Women examines female homoeroticism and the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Employing an unparalleled range of cultural sources, Brooten finds evidence of marriages between women and establishes that condemnations of female homoerotic practices were based on widespread awareness of love between women.

"An extraordinary accomplishment. . . . A definitive source for all future discussion of homoeroticism and the Bible."—Mary Rose D'Angelo, Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review

"[Brooten's] convincing analysis . . . not only profoundly reshapes our understanding of the past, but it should also shape the way in which that past, particularly the early Christian texts with their immense normative weight, will be used for the future."—Anne L. Clark, Journal of Lesbian Studies

"Love Between Women gives contemporary debates on sexuality a carefully delineated past. It boldly insists upon a different future, one informed by history but not tyrannized by it."—Susan Ackerman, Lambda Book Report

"Fascinating, provocative and lucid. . . . Brooten has made a fundamental contribution to women's and gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and classics."—Elizabeth A. Castelli, Women's Review of Books

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Studies Book, 1997

  

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This book is a great treatment of homoeroticism in ancient literature from a specifically female perspective (most books on homoeroticism are male-oriented, with occasional reference to same-sex love ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Terminology
4
Context within Current Scholarship on SameSex Love in Antiquity
9
This Study within the Context of Ancient Mediterranean Womens History
14
This Study within the Context of Lesbian History
17
Female Homoeroticism in the Roman World The Cultural Context of Early Christianity
27
Introduction Of Sappho WomanWoman Marriage and the Ways of the Egyptians
29
Classical and Hellenistic Greek Literature
41
Pauls Letter to the Romans Interpretive Frameworks and Female Homoeroticism
195
Literary Approaches to Romans
197
1832
203
Romans 11832 A Commentary
215
1632
219
The Debate on Natural Theology
222
An Anthropological Understanding of Impurity
234
Conclusion
264

Classical Latin Literature
42
Greek Authors of the Roman Period
50
Artistic Representations
57
Postbiblical Judaism
61
Inflame Her Liver with Love Greek Erotic Spells from Egypt
73
Texts and Commentary
77
INTERPRETING CULTURAL IDEOLOGY
96
Reconstructing Womens History
105
The Erotic Spells Magic and Religion
109
The Spells and Early Christianity
112
Predetermined Erotic Orientations Astrological Texts
115
Dorotheos of Sidon
119
Manetho
123
Ptolemy
124
Vettius Valens
128
Hermes Trismegistos
130
Firmicus Maternus
132
Hephaistion of Thebes
137
Women with Masculine Desires Medical Treatments
143
Tribades as Mentally III
146
Clitoridectomy for Women with Masculine Desires
162
The Medical Heritage of Female Homoeroticism
171
Unnatural Love Classifying Dreams
175
Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism
189
Introduction Of British Schoolteachers and Romans 1
189
Intertextual Echoes in Romans 11832
267
Nature
271
Nature as the Order of Creation
272
Nature as the Order of Creation
275
26f and Jewish Law
281
231519 and Romans 11832
294
How Other Ancient Sources on Sexual Love Between Women Can Help Us Understand Pauls Condemnation
298
Conclusion
300
Tortures in Hell Early Church Fathers on Female Homoeroticism
303
Apocalyptic Visions of Gods Punishment for Sexual Relations Between Women
304
The Apocalypse of Peter
305
The Acts of Thomas
309
The Apocalypse of Paul
313
Patristic Writers of the Second and Third Centuries
314
Clement of Alexandria
320
Ancient Marginal Notes on Clement
337
Hippolytos on the Naassenes
338
Church Awareness of Sexual Love Between Women in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries
343
John Chrysostom on romans 1 26f
344
Shenute of Atripe
348
Augustine of Hippo
350
Conclusion
359
Select Annotated Bibliography on Romans 126f and the New Testament and Homosexuality Generally
363
Index of Subjects
373
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About the author (2009)

Brooten, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, is the Kraft-Hiatt Professor of CHristian Studies at Brandeis University.

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