Great Couples of the Bible

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Fortress Press - Religion - 191 pages
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Noted couples of the Bible are explored in this oversized, fascinating, and informative volume, lavishly illustrated with 200 full-color reproductions from classic, chiefly Western art sources.
 

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Being a theology student, the description "internationally respected theologians and spiritual writers" caught my eye. However, a quick internet search of the two above names revealed very little in the way of "international renown". Dr Wetzel is little known to theologians outside of his native Germany and Dr Soelle's claim to fame (at least according to Wikipedia), is the coining of the term "Christofascism" to describe Christian fundamentalists. Her lesser known claim to fame is "her best-known work in English, "Suffering," which offers a critique of "Christian masochism" and "theological sadism." Soelle's critique is against the assumption that God is all-powerful and the cause of suffering; humans thus suffer for some greater purpose. Instead, God suffers and is powerless alongside us. Humans are to struggle together against oppression, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of authoritarianism."If the reader has not lost interest yet, it cannot be long. Novalis goes on to describe this "gift book" as "an ideal gift for engagements, marriage preparation, weddings, and anniversaries--for couples of all ages and stages in life." Perhaps if one was looking for a book of erotica mixed in with theological dissent, it would indeed be an ideal gift. The book contains all the tired and old arguments against the institutional Church and its hostile treatment of sexuality and eros through the ages starting with none other than the uptight and cranky Apostle Paul: "Nor does Paul have anything encouraging to say about love and marriage. Sexual intercourse exists only in the ghetto of matrimony ... all other sexual relationships are condemned." This is, of course, a bad thing according to the authors. They juxtapose this argument extolling David & Bathsheba's adulterous liaison and the openness and naturalness of sexuality and sensuality found in the Old Testament. At the outset of the introduction, the "esteemed" authors point repeatedly to the "patriarchical" influence on the Church's teachings on sexuality. According to them, for "... classic Christianity ... eros and more particularly sex have nothing to do whatsoever with holiness and God's love." With this statement, feminist-liberal theology becomes the established norm of thought in the book. The weakness of this thought of course is its tendency to view history through the lens of modernity in order to discredit the (early) Church. Sadly, the average person who may embark on a reading journey through this book may be susceptible to believing what is printed and absorbing this belief of the Church.
It is sad that money has been spent to have this "gift book" translated into English and sadder still that Novalis thinks this is a fitting gift for couples.
Elena Repka is a teacher, a Toronto pro-life activist,s and writer.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
7
LOVE EROS AND SEXUALITY
8
BIBLICAL COUPLES
26
ADAM AND EVE
28
THE ANCESTORS
39
ABRAHAM AND SARAH
40
ISAAC AND REBEKAH
47
JACOB AND LEAH AND RACHEL
51
TOBIAS AND SARAH
114
SHECHEM AND DINAH
120
AMNON AND TAMAR
124
JUDITH AND HOLOFERNES
129
SAMSON AND DELILAH
135
JOSEPH AND THE WIFE OF POTIPHAR
141
ABRAHAM AND HAGAR
147
MOSES AND ZIPPORAH
152

JUDAH AND TAMAR
58
RUTH AND BOAZ
62
DAVID AND MICHAL
71
DAVID AND ABIGAIL
76
DAVID AND BATHSHEBA
82
AHAB AND JEZEBEL
88
ESTHER AND AHASUERUS
92
THE SONG OF SONGS
98
SOLOMON AND THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
105
JOSEPH AND ASENATH
157
JOB AND HIS WIFE
162
WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS GOD
167
NOTES ON ILLUSTRATIONS
184
AUTHORS
188
INDEX OF PERSONS
189
SOURCES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
191
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