Three biblical scholars discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and what the texts really say about men and women and their places in ancient society.
Steven L. McKenzie is Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He holds a B.A. and a M.Div. from Abilene Christian University and the Th.D. from Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include: the history of ancient Israel, the literature of the Hebrew Bible, the Hebrew language, the Dead Sea Scrolls, methods of biblical interpretation, and archaeology.
He is a past president of the board of governors of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis. He is also a co-leader of the Middle East Travel Seminar, which tours Syria, Jordan, the Sinai, Israel, and Greece each Spring. He is the co-author of The Uncensored Bible: The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of the Good Book.
Thomas Römer was born in Mannheim, Germany and completed his studies in theology and religious science at the University of Heidelberg, Tübingen and in Paris. He is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology and History of Religions of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2007, he is also Professor of Biblical Studies at the College de France, Paris, where he acts as chair of the “milieux bibliques.”
He is the author and editor of several books focusing on the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets, including The So-Called Deuteronomistic History. A sociological, historical and literary Introduction, translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. He dedicates part of his research to analyzing the role of sexuality in the Bible and has published a number of related books related on this theme, among them Dieu obscur. Le sexe, la cruauté et la violence dans l’Ancien Testament (English translation forthoming), and L’homosexualité dans le Proche-Orient et la Bible.
Konrad Schmid was born in Zurich, Switzerland. Between 1985 and 1990 he completed his studies in theology at the University of Zurich, Greifswald, and Munich and received his Ph.D. in Theology in 1995. From 1999-2002 he was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2002, he has been Professor of Old Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
His publications include Buchgestalten des Jeremiabuches, Erzvater und Exodus, Der eine Gott und die Gotter, and A Farewell to the Yahwist? The Composition of the Pentateuch in Recent European Discussion.
Sarah Shectman holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She has taught at Binghamton University (SUNY) and San Francisco Theological Seminary, and is currently a lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles.
Her book, Women in the Pentateuch: A Feminist and Source-Critical Analysis, is about varied depictions of women in the first five books of the Bible. Her current research focuses on the social status and class of women in the legal collections of the Pentateuch.
Presentation and question answer session reveals that biblical narrations and doctrines are not only confusing but highly contradictory. The people of Books, the Jews and Christians have made mockery of their religion and God as well. In the absence of original text, how the Old and New Testament can be taken as revealed knowledge?
Without true and unadulterated divine guidance, the man cannot find the philosophy of life, social economic injunctions. They are invited to consult the one and last Book "the Holy Quran" the last and final message of Abrahamic Religions. They will find the answer of every question provided they read it without preconceived notions and ideas.
Its an open invitation for christian and jews.
Great scholarly type information, but most of what was described as homosexual sexual behavior, or sex practices are actually, sexual acts engaged in by heterosexual couples as well. All of the sexually connected infections cut across heterosexual as well as homosexual sex affecting all folks who have sex with their partner/s. So the argument presented of God being against homosexuality is not convincing [who can really speak for God on personal issues of consenting adults and their sexual lives?]. However the argument against a lack of hospitality is most convincing as a reason for God destroying a people. Data, statistic, and scholarship can shows that our tolerace of poverty, want and inequality causes much more harm in society than acts of homosexual love or heterosexual love outside of marriage.......and this I think is a greater and is much more of a moral failure and sin against the intentions that God had for the human being and as true believers we should have for each other, as being created in god's image and likeness......and so forth......
What an absurdly long post just to point out that homosexual activists are better at spreading their word than your own god.
Make sure you hallucinate a much better god before bashing anyone into it.
Cheers, dear Internet molester.
What a lot of time and effort has been devoted here by two people who seem desperately cocerned with what other people do while naked. What a creepy preoccupation to have in your life. At least one of them thinks that societal collapse is on the way, because of what gay men decide to do with each other. How idiotic.
Oh but wait; they're religious people. Now it all makes sense.