Five Uneasy Pieces: Essays on Scripture and Sexuality [NOOK Book]

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"The 'uneasy pieces' of this book are well-written, challenging and stimulating. They come from the pens of Australian biblical scholars within the Anglican communion, who are skilled in both exegesis and hermeneutical theory. Each essay addresses the question of homosexuality in the Bible, looking at passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament which are often used as a basis for rejecting homosexuality in Christian ethics. Each essay argues, on the contrary, that there is no biblical warrant for condemning either a homosexual orientation ...
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Five Uneasy Pieces: Essays on Scripture and Sexuality

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Overview

"The 'uneasy pieces' of this book are well-written, challenging and stimulating. They come from the pens of Australian biblical scholars within the Anglican communion, who are skilled in both exegesis and hermeneutical theory. Each essay addresses the question of homosexuality in the Bible, looking at passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament which are often used as a basis for rejecting homosexuality in Christian ethics. Each essay argues, on the contrary, that there is no biblical warrant for condemning either a homosexual orientation or a faithful and committed homosexual relationship. The book, as a whole, makes it crystal clear that both sides of the debate take seriously the Bible as the inspired word of God, and both are seeking to discern the Scriptures in order to hear God's voice speaking to us today." Dorothy A. Lee Dean of Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne "These Five Uneasy Pieces are uneasy as to the topic they canvass: the handful of Biblical texts which are most often used to pronounce on the wrongness of homosexual activity. They demand a lot of the reader, calling us into serious textual study of Biblical material from Levitical proscriptions to Pauline vice lists. They are honest, naming the social and theological complexities of the worlds in which the Biblical texts were written and are now read. And they are hopeful, showing Anglicans how disciplined reading of the Bible on the subject of human sexuality can be liberating for both straight and gay Christians who want to live together with a spirit of generosity in the 21st century Church. Read this book in a group, with conversation partners, taking your time with the complex and fascinating material. The five pieces may be uneasy, but they will be very rewarding. The Rev'd Dr Elizabeth J. Smith Anglican Diocese of Perth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921817250
  • Publisher: ATF Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 502 KB

Table of Contents

Editor's Prologue Nigel Wright vii

Preface Mark Burton xi

Foreword William Countryman xv

Introduction Michael Kirby xxiii

Chapter 1 Were the Sodomites Really Sodomites? Homosexuality in Genesis 19 Megan Warner 1

Chapter 2 On 'Not Putting New Wine into Old Wineskins', or 'Taking the Bible Fully Seriously': An Anglican Reading of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 Richard Treloar 13

Chapter 3 Reading Romans as Anglicans-Romans 1:26-27 Peta Sherlock 31

Chapter 4 Keeping Lists or Embracing Freedom: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 in Context Alan Cadwallader 47

Chapter 5 Rules for Holy Living: A Progressive Reading of 1 Timothy 1:8-11 Gregory C Jenks 69

List of Contributors 85

Index of Biblical References 89

Index of Ancient Literature 93

Index of Authors 95

Index of Subjects 99

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