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Unprotected Texts The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire

ISBN-10: 0061725390
ISBN-13: 9780061725395
Edition: 2012
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Description: Bible scholar Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the big questions that dominate today's discussions and debates when it comes to sex and the Bible: Is premarital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Bible scholar Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the big questions that dominate today's discussions and debates when it comes to sex and the Bible: Is premarital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I legitimately have sex? Are same-sex relations permissible? In an era where the phrases, "the Bible says," and "God says," are so often exploited, it is time to consider what the Bible actually does—or does not—say about monogamy, polygamy, homosexuality, gender roles, and sex.Unprotected Texts directly and pointedly takes on widely shared misconceptions about sex, arguing that the Bible cannot—and should not—serve as a rulebook for sexual morality, despite popular claims to the contrary. From the Song of Songs' lyrical eroticism to the rigid sexual rules of Leviticus—and everything in between—Knust parses the Bible's contradictory, often surprising messages.Skillfully revealing the latest insights from critical scholarship, Knust provides a compassionate and liberating model for navigating these deeply personal issues that affect us all.

Introduction Why the Bible Is Not a Sexual Guidebook
The Bible and the Joy of Sex
Desire In and Out of Control
Biblical Marriage
There Is No Single View on Marriage Presented in the Bible
The Evil Impulse
Disordered and Ordered Desire
Sexual Politics
God s Wife, Cursing the Canaanites, and Biblical Sex Crimes
Strange Flesh
The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men
Bodily Parts
Circumcision, Semen, and the Products of a Woman's Womb
Conclusion So I Hear You Have Five Husbands …
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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