The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament
Homosexuality has been at the forefront of debate in the church for the last quarter century, with biblical interpretation at its heart. In the Man Jesus Loved, Jennings proposes a gay affirmative reading of the Bible in the hope of respecting the integrity of these texts and making them more clear as well as more persuasive. This reading suggests that the exclusion of persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or same-sex practices fundamentally distorts the Bible generally and the traditions concerning Jesus in particular.
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While the first part of the book does devote itself to speculation on the identity of the 'man Jesus loved' in the Gospel of John, and to the nature of their relationship, the rest of the book is also a study of the attitudes revealed in the gospels and other New Testament texts toward sexuality that deviates from the presumed norm of heterosexual marriage and family life. The author suggests that the traditional assignment of 'the man Jesus loved' as the apostle John is incorrect, and that Andrew or Lazarus are more likely candidates. His reading of the text does not rule out an erotically mediated relationship, and suggests that such a reading is a less tortuous one than those that only see the relationship on a platonic or spiritual level. Other texts that are treated in this work include the centurion and his boyfriend, the 'naked youth' in Mark, and eunuchs. More generally, the attitude of Jesus towards (biological) family, marriage, and wedding are examinied.
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While the first part of the book does devote itself to speculation on the identity of the 'man Jesus loved' in the Gospel of John, and to the nature of their relationship, the rest of the book is also ...
The Lover and His Beloved
The Identity and Role of the Man Jesus Loved
Reconsidering the Gospel of John
The Centurions Lad
Marriage and Wedding Feasts
Sexuality and Procreation
Marriage Family and Slavery
Was Jesus Gay?
Index of Names