God's Beauty Parlor: And Other Queer Spaces in and Around the Bible / Edition 1

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Overview


“Too often the debate about the Bible and homosexuality is reduced to a dull episode of Crossfire. On the right, the Book of Romans condemns queers! On the left, the Book of Romans celebrates queers! In four essays Moore queers the debate for both sides, discussing the gay iconography of Jesus, the Song of Solomon, and the masculinity of the apostles as well as his own travels through the study of the good book. Deftly combining easy humor with academic theory, Moore turns up the disco music and hangs a mirror ball over the debate.”—Out Magazine
“For well over a decade Stephen D. Moore has served as a powerful advocate for the intercourse between biblical interpretation and contemporary critical theories. His latest book, God’s Beauty Parlor, shares many of the characteristics that Moore’s readers have come to expect from his work: a solid if often irreverent grounding in biblical scholarship; a penetrating awareness of the possible implications of utilizing those methods and theories as resources for reading the Bible; and a prose style that is engaging, frequently humorous, and clear but seldom simplistic.”—Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary
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"Too often the debate about the Bible and homosexuality is reduced to a dull episode of Crossfire. On the right, the Book of Romans condemns queers! On the left, the Book of Romans celebrates queers! In four essays Moore queers the debate for both sides, discussing the gay iconography of Jesus, the Song of Solomon, and the masculinity of the apostles as well as his own travels through the study of the good book. Deftly combining easy humor with academic theory, Moore turns up the disco music and hangs a mirror ball over the debate."—Out Magazine

"For well over a decade Stephen D. Moore has served as a powerful advocate for the intercourse between biblical interpretation and contemporary critical theories. His latest book, God's Beauty Parlor, shares many of the characteristics that Moore's readers have come to expect from his work: a solid if often irreverent grounding in biblical scholarship; a penetrating awareness of the possible implications of utilizing those methods and theories as resources for reading the Bible; and a prose style that is engaging, frequently humorous, and clear but seldom simplistic."—Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804743327
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Contraversions: Jews and Other Differenc Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen D. Moore is Professor of New Testament at Drew University Theological School. His most recent book is God's Gym: Divine Male Bodies of the Bible.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue / Plot Preview 1
Introduction: The Year of Queer 7
Pt. I God's Boudoir, God's Beauty Parlor...
1 The Song of Songs in the History of Sexuality 21
2 On the Face and Physique of the Historical Jesus 90
Pt. II ...God's Locker Room, God's War Room
3 Sex and the Single Apostle 133
4 Revolting Revelations 173
In Lieu of a Conclusion: Lines Intended for a Public Lavatory Door in San Ysidro, California 201
Notes 207
Bibliography 279
General Index 317
Index of Ancient and Medieval Sources 331
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