Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Feb 3, 2013 - Religion - 300 pages
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In Bible, Gender, Sexuality James Brownson argues that Christians should reconsider whether or not the biblical strictures against same-sex relations as defined in the ancient world should apply to contemporary, committed same-sex relationships. Presenting two sides in the debate -- "traditionalist" and "revisionist" -- Brownson carefully analyzes each of the seven main texts that appear to address intimate same-sex relations. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the biblical text. Written in order to serve and inform the ongoing debate in many denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth study will prove a useful resource for Christians who want to form a considered opinion on this important issue.
 

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Brownson sets out to find the moral logic behind the same-sex statements in the Bible. Interpretation is the issue. “We do not interpret rightly any single passage of Scripture until we locate the ... Read full review

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Gay marriage, as a civil institution, seems to be moving toward a tipping point across the United States. Just yesterday a Republican senator, Rob Portman, of Ohio, changed from a position of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction and Overview
3
The Traditionalist Case and Its Problems
16
Revisionist Readings
39
Patriarchy
57
One Flesh
85
Procreation
110
Celibacy
127
Lust and Desire
149
Purity and Impurity
179
Honor and Shame
204
Nature
223
Conclusions
259
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James V. Brownson is James I. and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic.

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