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The Bible on the Question of Homosexuality

Innocent Himbaza

Publication Year: 2012

The Bible on the Question of Homosexuality addresses the hotly debated topic of whether the Bible condemns homosexuality by a close reading of the biblical texts without taboo or prejudice, without personal or church interpretation

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii

I wish to thank James Kruggel, acquisitions editor for the Catholic University of America Press, for his hard work and diligence in shepherding this translation to its acceptance by the editorial board of the press. In a special way, I am deeply indebted to Mme. Danielle Lesage-Blais for the hours she ...

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Introduction to the English Translation

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pp. ix-xv

The acceptance or prohibition of same-sex relations is not an exclusively biblical or even religious concern. Such relations are known on all continents, in all cultures, and across the span of history and have been and are subject either to legal prohibition, judicial condemnation, neutrality, or acceptance. ...

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pp. ix-xv

Homosexuality is a fact of life. It has been the object of numerous publications from sociological, psychological, theological, and other perspectives. For theology, the Bible plays an important role in positions for and against homosexuality. Concerning the use of Scripture, we can ask several questions. ...

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1. Old Testament Stories and Homosexuality

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pp. 5-44

To speak of homosexuality in the Old Testament is not easy, because the Bible does not address the question of a sexual inclination toward members of the same sex as it is seen today today. On the other hand, homosexual behavior is known in the Bible. One can say that the Bible knows a certain kind ...

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2. Why Does the Mosaic Law Forbid the Practice of Homosexual Love (Leviticus18 and 20)?: The Reasons for and the Importanceof a Biblical Rule of Life

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pp. 45-71

When a rule of life goes to the heart of strong and elemental human needs, it had better have strong foundations. Without them, the rule will never stand up to these needs. It will be rejected, for it will be experienced as alienating, since it seems to destroy human happiness, which is the fruit of a ...

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3. The New Testament and Homosexuality

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pp. 73-125

It is only reasonable that, in examining the Bible regarding homosexuality, we look also at the New Testament, which Christians understand as the fulfillment and key of divine revelation. The texts explicitly discussing this question are very few in number and are found exclusively in the Pauline corpus. ...

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pp. 127-135

Now that we have completed these three studies, it is time to offer a brief synthesis of the results and to show their possible points of contact. Each author studied the texts for himself. Now it is time to try to answer the question: “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?” ...


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pp. 137-142

General Index

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pp. 143-145

Index of Scriptural Citations

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pp. 146-147

E-ISBN-13: 9780813219462
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813218847

Page Count: 162
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1