Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective
Nissinen's award-winning book surveys attitudes in the ancient world toward homoeroticism, that is, erotic same-sex relations. Focusing on the Bible and its cultural environment-Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Israel-Nissinen concisely and readably introduces the relevant sources and their historical contexts in a readable way.Homoeroticism is examined as a part of gender identity, i.e., the interplay of sexual orientation, gender identification, gender roles, and sexual practice. In the patriarchal cultures of the biblical world, Nissinen shows, homoerotic practices were regarded as a role construction between the active and passive partners rather than as expressions of an orientation moderns call "homosexuality." Nissinen shows how this applies to the limited acceptance of homoerotic relationships in Greek and Roman culture, as well as to Israel's and the early church's condemnation of any same-sex erotic activity.For readers interested in the ancient world or contemporary debates, Nissinen's fascinating study shows why the ancient texts - both biblical and nonbiblical - are not appropriate for use as sources of direct analogy or argument in today's discussion.
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Review: Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical PerspectiveUser Review - Spencer - Goodreads
Excellent work on the historical and cultural understandings of "homoeroticism" (Nissinen notes the definitional problems of "gay" or "homosexual" in this context) in the biblical world. Nissinen ... Read full review
Review: Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical PerspectiveUser Review - Joseph Sverker - Goodreads
I should really want to write a long and well thought through review about this book since it regards such a topical subject and also since it does is in a very scholarly and erudite way. This is not ... Read full review