Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on by James V. Brownson

By James V. Brownson

Grapples rigorously with biblical texts on the center of the church's debate over same-sex relationships

This thought-provoking e-book by means of James Brownson develops a large, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates present debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks how it does approximately same-sex relationships.

quite featuring either side during this polarized debate — "traditional" and "revisionist" — Brownson rigorously analyzes the entire pertinent biblical texts and helpfully identifies "stuck points" within the ongoing debate. within the technique, he explores key techniques that tell our figuring out of the biblical texts, together with patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and disgrace. valuable to his argument is the necessity to discover the ethical good judgment in the back of the text.

Written with a purpose to serve and tell the continued debate in lots of denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth examine will end up an invaluable source for Christians who are looking to shape a thought of opinion in this very important factor.

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The Traditionalist Case and Its Problems 33 This objection cannot be sustained: it is contradicted both by the lexical meaning of “flesh” in the Hebrew Bible and by the extended use of the term “one flesh” in the New Testament. ” This is in keeping with the parallels to “flesh and bone”; the reference implicit in “one flesh” here is not to the recovery of a mystic or primordial unity, but rather to the establishment of a kinship bond. ” What makes this puzzling is that, in most ancient Mediterranean cultures, sons do not usually “leave” their parents when they get married.

This is what is meant by Paul’s claim (in Rom. 3 It is this vision of gender complementarity, so the case goes, 1. Whether Rom. 1:26 (“their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural”) refers to same-sex erotic behavior among women is more disputed (see chapter 11, especially pp. 223-26, below, for further discussion). 2. As we shall see, the form of moral logic Paul is using here also directly impacts whether one regards Rom. 1:26 as referring to same-sex behavior among women (see esp.

Both in its immediate context, and in the wider canonical context, the language of “one flesh” in Genesis 2:24 does not refer to physical gender complementarity, but to the common bond of shared kinship. Therefore, to say that the same-sex erotic acts depicted in Romans 1:26-27 are “against nature” because they violate the physical complementarity of the genders depicted in the one-flesh union of Genesis 2:24 is simply mistaken. This line of interpretation cannot be sustained, either by a close reading of the Genesis accounts themselves, or by a larger consideration of other wider canonical references to “one flesh” in the creation story, or by other references to the language of “one flesh” in the Pauline corpus.

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