DOASKDOTELL BOOK REVIEW of The Sex Texts by Robert Arthur

 

Author (or Editor): 

Title: The Sex Texts: Sexuality, Gender and Relationships in the Bible

Fiction? Anthology?  

Publisher:  L. Robert Arthur  PO Box 8291 Omaha, NE 68108-8291

Date: 1994

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Series Name:

Physical description: softcover  8 x 11  220 pages

Relevance to DOASKDOTELL:  homosexuality and the Bible

Review:

 I purchased this at Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis, and the author has been pastor in Omaha and affiliated with the Mountains and Plains District of UFMCC.

This is one of the most original and detailed treatments of the controversy over the Bible and sexuality (not just homosexuality and the “clobber passages”) that I have ever encountered. Many topics are covered: the Sexuaity of God, women and inclusive language, Levitical Law, fertility cults, masturbation, Jesus himself, marriage, incest, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Revelations. 

Of course, the recent controversy over Islam and the relationship of that great religion to fundamentalism and its own Koran, makes this book even more pointed now,

One of the most startling passages is that about marriage itself, where Arthur shows sometimes not even monogamy was not required, and the idea of marriage as a deeply civilizing institution predicated on lifelong psychological romantic monogamy is a more recent Western invention. The Apostle Paul developed monogamy as a practical recommendation when celibacy is not possible. Arthur makes a rare reference to the 144,000 “virgin” men (the only use of the term in the Bible with respect to men) in Rev 14.4, who may be those who “are beheaded for having witnessed for Jesus” (Rev. 20:4), an observation sometimes important in Rosicrucian literature and perhaps related ultimately to the Catholic idea of a celibate priesthood.  Of course, this gives “non-aggressive” men disinclined towards demonstrating themselves through family procreation, a religiously acceptable path.  But with the more liberal readings of Scripture here (and in the UFMCCas a whole) none of that moralizing is necessary. .

 

 

 

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