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Erotic Word Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible

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ISBN-10: 019518162X

ISBN-13: 9780195181623

Edition: 2005 (Reprint)

Authors: David M. Carr

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Historically, the Bible has been used to drive a wedge between the spirit and the body. In this provocative book, David Carr argues that it can--and should--do just the opposite. Sexuality and spirituality, Carr contends, are intricately interwoven: when one is improverished, the other is warped. As a result, the journey toward God and the life-long engagement with our own sexual embodiment are inseparable. Humans, the Bible tells us, both male and female, were created in God's image, and eros--a fundamental longing for connection that finds abstract good in the pleasure we derive from the stimulation of the senses--is a central component of that image. The Bible, particularly the Hebrew Bible, affirms erotic passion, both eros between humans and eros between God and humans. In a sweeping examination of the sexual rules of the Bible, Carr asserts that Biblical "family values" are a far cry from anything promoted as such in contemporary politics. He concludes that passionate love--our preoccupaton therewith and pursuit thereof--is the primary human vocation, that eros is in fact the flavoring of life.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Introduction : the Bible and eros
Before the garden : made in God's bodily image
The Eden garden, part 1 : created for erotic connection
The Eden garden, part 2 : the tragic loss of connectedness
The "rules" : biblical sexual morality
Marriage to God : Isaiah's vineyard and other images of divine-human sexuality
Unromantic eros : divine-human gender terror, religious exclusivism, and love gone wrong
Other gardens : women's worlds and ancient love poetry
Come to the garden : a walk through the Song of songs
The erotic and the mystical : bringing sexuality and spirituality together in reading the Song of songs
The word made flesh : echoes of Old Testament gardens in the New Testament
Epilogue : the erotic word