God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says

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Grand Central Publishing, 3 nov. 2011 - 256 pagina's
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The Bible is full of narratives about sexual encounters, and modern-day readers have shown a widespread interest in what, exactly, it says about the subject. Scholars have turned their attention to the rigorous examination of biblical texts from historical, theological, and ethical perspectives.

Still, many clergy and lay people continue to look upon these words (even the most cryptic, confusing, and bizarre ones) as authoritative literal statements. In addition, these misinterpreted texts are constantly used to "legislate morality" and to promote "family values"--selectively and misleadingly twisting what is written.

As it stands, the gulf between the scholarly understandings of these texts and their popular appropriation today is a large one. Before the Bible can be applied to contemporary issues, it is vitally important that we take a careful look at what the Bible itself says-- placing it in the contexts of the social worlds in which it was written. To know what the Bible really means, we must first actually determine what it meant when it was written, and apply this to the lives we lead, here and now. This is the mission of GOD AND SEX.

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LibraryThing Review

Gebruikersrecensie  - jlhowson - LibraryThing

A useful little book on an entertaining and controversial topic. Well worth a read to learn a bit more of the historical context behind some of these controversial texts . While a fair amount of the ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says

Gebruikersrecensie  - Emily - Goodreads

I read this at about the same time as I read Unprotected Texts: The bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire by Jennifer Wright Knust. And then I got busy and waited a bit to write this ... Volledige recensie lezen

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Over de auteur (2011)

Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. For several decades, he has taught an introductory course on the Hebrew Scriptures at Harvard University, as well as at Wellesley College, Boston College, and Stonehill College. One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, he is the author of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, and editor of the acclaimed third edition of The New Oxford Annotated Bible.

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