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Homoeroticism in the biblical world : a historical perspective

Author: Martti Nissinen
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Fortress Press, ©1998.
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The author surveys attitudes in the ancient Mediterranean world toward homoeroticism, that is, same-sex erotic relationships. Analyzing documents from Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece, Rome, rabbinic Judaism, and the earliest churches, he concisely introduces the relevant sources and their historical contexts in a readable way.
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Genre/Form: History
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Nissinen, Martti.
Homoeroticism in the biblical world.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Fortress Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607136395
Online version:
Nissinen, Martti.
Homoeroticism in the biblical world.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Fortress Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607833167
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martti Nissinen
ISBN: 080062985X 9780800629854 0800636457 9780800636456
OCLC Number: 40218777
Description: vii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Society, church, and homosexuality ; Explaining "homosexuality" ; Interpretation of gender ; Homosexuality, homoeroticism, homosociability --
Mesopotamia. The Epic of Gilgames̆ ; Laws and omens ; Devotees of Is̆tar : assinnu, kurgarrû, kuluʼu --
The Hebrew Bible. The Holiness Code : Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 ; Sodom : Genesis 19:1-11 ; Gibeah : Judges 19 ; Ham and Noah : Genesis 9:20-27 ; David and Jonathan : 1 Samuel 18-20; 2 Samuel 1:26 --
Classical Antiquity. Greek male homoeroticism ; Roman male homoeroticism ; Female homoeroticism ; Critiques of homoeroticism --
Judaism . Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha ; Josephus, Philo, and Pseudo-Phocylides ; Rabbinic literature --
The New Testament. Paul and the unnatural : Romans 1:26-27 ; Men who sleep --
with whom? I Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 ; Jesus and homosexuality --
Homoeroticism in the biblical world and homosexuality today. Homosexuality and biblical interpretations ; The interpretation of same-sex relations then and now. --
Appendix : Creation, nature, and gender identity.
Other Titles: Homoerotiikka Raamatun maailmassa.
Responsibility: Martti Nissinen ; translated by Kirsi Stjerna.

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The author surveys attitudes in the ancient Mediterranean world toward homoeroticism, that is, same-sex erotic relationships. Analyzing documents from Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece, Rome, rabbinic Judaism, and the earliest churches, he concisely introduces the relevant sources and their historical contexts in a readable way.

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