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

ISBN-10: 0061725587
ISBN-13: 9780061725586
Edition: 2010
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Description: When it comes to sex and the Bible, sound bites will not do. Written over the course of more than 2,000 years, the books of the Bible offer many different and conflicting versions of marriage, love, and gender roles. Indeed, despite popular claims  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

When it comes to sex and the Bible, sound bites will not do. Written over the course of more than 2,000 years, the books of the Bible offer many different and conflicting versions of marriage, love, and gender roles. Indeed, despite popular claims to the contrary, the Bible cannot-and should not-serve as a rulebook for sexual morality. A top biblical scholar, Knust sheds much-needed light on what the Bible actually says about sex, sexuality, and desire, and how we should interpret those thorny verses today. With clarity and precision, Knust addresses the big questions people continue to ask: 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? Is extramarital sex always wrong? And what is "sex" anyway? It is time to read these texts thoughtfully, critically, and in their context. It is time to revel in the Bible's complexity, and ask all the questions it raises. And it is time for an honest, clear-eyed conversation about how we can and cannot apply those scriptures today. Impressively thorough and unabashedly provocative, Unprotected Texts establishes a crucial new discourse about the issues that affect us most intimately.

Jennifer Knust is assistant professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University School of Theology.

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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